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The True Story of Our Veterans: Challenges of the Military Transition to Civilian Life

In our 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, 47% of veteran family respondents reported that their overall transition experience was “difficult” or “very difficult.” We found that service members and their families encounter a range of transition-related challenges during their reintegration into civilian life. So, in honor of Veterans Day, we thought we’d shed some light…

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Attend a Free Styling Session and win a $100 maurices gift card!

Did you know it’s Military Family Appreciation Month?! To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with an awesome #BlueStarNeighbor who want to say a big THANK YOU to our military families.   Maybe you haven’t heard about what they’re up to, which is why we’re on the blog today. Here’s the inside scoop… maurices is donating $1 to…

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How Blue Star Families Celebrates Military Family Month Year-Round

It’s November. And you know what that means, right? Military Family Month! Technically, we dedicate every month, day, and week to showing our appreciation for and supporting our nation’s military families here at Blue Star Families. But we figured we’d join in the celebration by sharing a brief backstory on how this month-long observance came…

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November 2019 Newsletter

Sign your deployed service member up for free coffee here DYK: There’s a #BlueStarNeighbor (civilian) out there who’d really like to say “Thanks a latte” to our deployed servicemen and women on Veterans Day (Mon. Nov. 11)? And YOU could make that happen for your service member through the partnership we just launched with Green…

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Sign your deployed spouse up for free coffee here

Are you over this deployment, milspouse? We see you, friend. And we totally understand. The deployment countdown clock never ticks fast enough, right? So while we, unfortunately, can’t speed up time, we can ease your pain with a little fun. Do you want in?! We thought you might. So, here’s the deal.   Now through November…

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BSF Volunteer Opportunities That Fit Your Schedule

Some of the busiest people we know are our volunteers. They’re parents, service members, realtors, HR professionals, students, community members, veterans, business professionals, and hospital employees. And many of them supervise homework, lead scout troops, and have fur babies they’re responsible for, too! Why are we sharing this with you? Well, because we want you…

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Military Lending Act & How It Affects Military Families

Mike Saunders is the Director of Military & Consumer Policy at Veterans Education Success in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization serving veterans’ educational needs. Mike can be reached at [email protected] ————— Did you know: as the family of an active-duty service member, you have legal rights covered by the Military Lending Act (MLA), which protects…

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State Licensure: Breaking Down Barriers to Military Spouse Employment

Did you know: the Department of Labor (DoL) recently rolled out new online resources for military spouses seeking to be re-licensed after PCSing to a new state? More on that in just a second! First, let’s talk about military spouse employment.  Military spouse employment is a persistent problem for military families. Obviously, that should come…

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5 Tips to Balance Your Thinking When You’re Missing Your Old Community

We’re just a few months away from welcoming yet another holiday season and another decade. But maybe you’re feeling less than excited because, well, this was the year the military decided to uproot you and plant you in unfamiliar territory once again. With no choice but to part ways with treasured friendships, local favorites, and…

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The Changing Face of Domestic Violence

Did you know that 15 percent of respondents in Blue Star Families’ 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey said they felt unsafe in their relationships? If that wasn’t sobering enough, a 2013 VA study stated that around 22 percent of service members had perpetrated intimate partner violence. Of course, domestic or intimate partner violence is not…

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