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PCS Paralysis: When You Feel Like a Stranger in a Strange Land

By: Jill Qualters Sometimes this nomadic military life can be really hard. And when things feel out of control and a mess, is it okay for us to complain? Complain…

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Treat Yourself, Know Yourself, Love Yourself

As a military spouse, it can be easy to lose yourself. You are usually “so-and-so’s spouse” or “dependent”. In a system where you are rarely known by your own name,…

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Bargain Hunters Unite!

I have to confess, I love a good deal. The word “sale” sends chills down my spine and I just don’t feel I should ever pay full price for anything,…

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What to do When Your Body & Heart Disagree

It’s completely frustrating when your heart wants to do something but your body says, “NO!” A few years ago, life decided to teach me what my husband and other injured…

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7 Things to Expect During an OCONUS PCS

It never fails that once you feel at home at one station, you are on to another. Such is the life of a military family. I might be a bit…

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PCS Diaries Part III: Getting There and Finding Home

By: Jill Qualters at Keep Calm & Have a Cosmo (Missed Part II? Check it out here!) Assimilation, or lack thereof. When I committed to writing a three part PCS series back…

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Blue Star Families, Design & Source, and Starbucks Spread Holiday Cheer

  With the help of Starbucks and marketing company Design & Source, Blue Star Families spread cheer to families who were missing their loved ones this holiday season. In December…

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El Paso Chapter Director Receives Special Recognition on Behalf of Caregivers

Blue Star Families Chapter Director Nelida Lewis has devoted her life to helping Veterans and the Caregivers who support them. She supports Caregivers in her El Paso community and all…

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People Purpose Passion Pizza Planters

Try and say that three times fast!   Blue Star Families and Booz Allen Hamilton teamed up last November to build a garden for the children at the Lackland AFB Youth…

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PCS Diaries Part 2: The Pack Out

By: Jill Qualters at Keep Calm & Have a Cosmo (Missed Part I? Check it out here!) The day before our packers were supposed to show up they called and told us…

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