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BSF Volunteers Recognized

Blue Star Families has the best volunteers! They’re the reason we’ve been able to grow and impact military families all across the world. We aim to recognize their accomplishments every chance we get and have several internal recognition programs, including the prestigious Salute to Distinction Award. We also submit all volunteer hours to the Presidential…

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Did You Know?

We’ve all heard a number of times the great benefits available to us as military families. From the TSP and tax-free income during deployment, to Tuition Assistance and MyCAA, there is no doubt that we have many unique financial opportunities. When my husband and I left active duty for the California Air National Guard, we…

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Financial Tips for Deployment

So you’re getting ready for a deployment? It can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re the one who will be in charge of the finances while your spouse is deployed. Although there isn’t really an “up side” to your loved one deploying, many families find that they’re able to bank a little extra money during this…

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From Fellow to Full-Time and Lessons I Learned Along the Way

by Hisako Sonethavilay After birthing my first child and being geographically isolated from career enhancing opportunities, I, like many military spouses, experienced a career hiatus. When we relocated to a more metropolitan area, I was confident I could easily re-enter the workforce. Yet, the gap in my resume and uncertainty of where to find opportunities…

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Tips for Reading to your Kids

You can encourage a love of reading in your children at home and on the go.

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2015 Salute to Distinction Award Winner- Sherleana Fuentes

Congratulations to our Salute to Distinction 2015 Volunteer of the Year! We’re thrilled to announce that Sherleana Fuentes, a Chapter Director in Grafenwoehr, Germany has been selected as the 2015 recipient! The Salute to Distinction award recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to Blue Star Families and formally thanks them for furthering our mission…

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What is a PTSD Trigger?

Though an “invisible injury”, PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder becomes visible when “triggered”. In simple terms, a PTSD Trigger is a particular sight, smell, or sound that sets off a cascade of symptoms, many of which vary between each person. Before your eyes, your family member goes on alert, they may have a surge of…

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Congratulations,

It is our pleasure to announce the 2015 Salute to Distinction Quarter 4 Award Winner: Elizabeth…

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5 Key Steps Toward Financial Literacy

Financial literacy, financial capability, financial understanding.
Whatever the name…

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Active Listening- Especially When At-Risk

You’ve heard this before, but listening – really listening – is important. We don’t mean…

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