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Paying It Forward During Military Appreciation Month

Paying It Forward During Military Appreciation Month Three Ways to Give Back to Military Families   By Kathy Roth-Douquet and Kevin Schmiegel  We don’t have to tell you that 2020…

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After 50 Years as a Military Caregiver, Carol Finds Support Through Blue Star Families

There are 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers in the U.S. today. These hidden heroes make incredible sacrifices in support of caring for a loved one—whether a parent, grandparent, child,…

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Military Connected Caregivers Learn to Focus on Self Care: Misty’s Story

Meet Misty. She’s an Army veteran and mom of two. In 2001, Misty was living in New York, just an hour from New York City, waiting for her Officer Candidate…

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One Choice MilFams Shouldn’t Have to Make

One Choice MilFams Shouldn’t Have to Make Military life comes with a unique set of challenges for all families—from deployments to frequent moves, time away for training, and the general…

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Starbucks Understands the Sacrifices MilFams Make & Raises Its Hand Year-Round to Help!

Did you know military families move three times more often than their civilian counterparts? Most move every two to three years. Restarting in new communities can often be extremely isolating,…

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A Senior Spouses run in with Murphy’s Law of Deployments #MilitarySpouseAppreicationDay

It doesn’t take long for a military family member to learn about Murphy’s Law , Murphy’s Law of deployment that is. Anything that can break will break. Or, more generally,…

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Meet the Illinois Army National Guard MFRs

Needless to say, 2020 was a year like no other. The year had a particular impact on one segment of the American public: those serving in uniform and their families.…

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Here’s How to Get Free Starbucks Coffee for You, Veteran (and Family)!  

There are days when military life’s got you feeling like… via GIPHY … because, seriously, we deal with some stressful stuff, y’all! But even if you’re no longer active duty,…

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Meet Courtney: #BSFBeatCOVID19

Meet Courtney: #BSFBeatCOVID19 Meet Courtney. She’s a proud Army Spouse, mom of two,  a DOD civilian registered dental hygienist, and a military child as well.  Courtney is no stranger to…

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Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for Blue Star Families in 2020

Nothing Can Stop These Dedicated Volunteers Blue Star Families volunteers do it all—from planning special events to helping us tell their Blue Star Families stories, and leading activities for military…

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