Blue Star Families Blog

National Guard and Reserve Families: Go Get Your ID Card!

November 14, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Christina Smith Are you a National Guard or Reserve family member without a valid military ID?  Do you think you will have plenty of time to get one if needed for a deployment?  Don’t put it off any longer! You never know when your service member will be deployed. This is especially true […]

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Blue Star Families’ 8th Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey Highlights Impacts of Service on Families

November 13, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Time away from family and impact on children and caregivers are top of mind for military families.   Washington, DC – For the first time in eight years, the top concern of military families is the impact of military service on their families, according to the 2017 Blue Star Families (BSF) annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey […]

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National Caregivers Month: Asking Better Questions

November 10, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Susan A. Vernick, Etiquette Chics Our country’s veterans are truly at the foundation of the freedom we all enjoy. All veterans are worthy of our thanks every day as we enjoy this precious freedom. But, beyond that, how can we act on those feelings of thankfulness, as a nation? When we interact with […]

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Exploring Olympic National Park

November 9, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Kate Oyer, Blue Star Families Staff Thanks to Blue Star Parks and the America the Beautiful pass, we took a “framily” (military friends who have become our family) trip to Olympic National Park this summer. (The pass is free for military families! Check it out here.) Lake Quinault We only had one short […]

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NEW YORK: A CITY UNITED

November 1, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Nygel Jones September 11th | 3 Years Old The World Trade Center has always had a special place in my heart. From the time I had first visited the plaza months prior to the tragic Tuesday morning that claimed the lives of thousands, I always felt a significant connection to the site. I […]

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Year Round Fun at NYC Children’s Museum

November 1, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Looking for something fun to do in NYC with your family? Stop by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY, 212-721-1223). Admission is free for Blue Star Families all year round! The Museum delights visitors with five floors of excitement and learning. Our PlayWorks™ exhibit is designed […]

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National Geographic’s #LongRoadHome is premiering Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

October 30, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

No soldier fights alone. Based on the New York Times best-selling book by internationally acclaimed journalist Martha Raddatz, The Long Road Home tells the story of “Black Sunday,” when a small platoon of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division was ferociously ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in April 2004. Help Support Our Troops! Nat Geo will donate […]

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10 Ways To Make Halloween Fun While A Parent Is Deployed

October 28, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

1. What I try to do is make a picture book for something big like this and ship that book to my husband so that he can feel like he was with us the whole night. – Vicky P. 2. I always decorate the house and try to keep things looking as it always would […]

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#MyDeploymentStory: A Pink Warrior Angel for Breast Cancer

October 28, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

  Story by Julie Moser, Military Spouse, Breast Cancer Survivor & Co-Founder of Pink Warrior Angels DIAGNOSIS: 3 DAYS PRE-DEPLOYMENT October 28, 2013 is a date that I will always remember without needing to think about it, like a birthdate or wedding anniversary.  October 28, 2013 is the day the words “you have cancer” escaped my doctor’s lips. October 28, 2013 […]

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Holiday Shipping Guidelines

October 27, 2017 by Jenny Felsen

The USPS has released this year’s guidelines for holiday shipping! Better plan ahead if you want your packages to make it to all those loved ones across the globe in time for the holidays! Get your packages in the mail by the following dates if you’re shipping to APO/FPO/DPO (Diplomatic Post Office) addresses this holiday […]

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