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Welcome to Blue Star Families of Chicago!

I am a civilian supporter with deep admiration for the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military and Veteran members and their families. I glimpsed the challenges facing our heroes in uniform and their family members when I worked in then Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s office. I am honored to work now on behalf of all of our Illinois military and Veteran families.

I would love to connect with you and learn how I can meet your specific needs. I will also keep you informed of upcoming Blue Star Families events, explain how to get involved in our Chapter, and seek your input on how we can be most successful for this community.

Here is to building Blue Star Families’ Chicago Chapter, together.

Very best,

Ben Gould
Chicago Chapter Director




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Signature Programs

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Town Hall series

Our Homefront & Frontlines Town Hall Series features high-profile speakers covering topics of key importance to military members, Veterans, and their families.


Blue Star Welcome Week

From September 25th - October 3rd, communities across the U.S. will welcome military and Veteran families who are new to the neighborhood.

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STARBUCKS: More than a Cup of Coffee

Together with Starbucks, we are committed to strengthening military and Veteran families and connecting Americans to those who serve through opportunities like regular Coffee Connects for military spouses, welcome to the community events, and Yellow Ribbon Trees.

Help build community by sharing your local favorites or signing up to volunteer.

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Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative

Our Racial Equity & Inclusion Initiative (REI) is an important first step for military and Veteran families of color. We are proud to partner with leading individuals and organizations to harness new resources, build new programs, and bring new collaborators to change the unacceptable reality that far too many families face.

Get Settled and Connected

Help sustain our community building efforts or volunteer!

Check out the following national and local resources to empower your family.

Blue Star Careers

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We are listening and working to ensure you have the chance for a fulfilling career during your military journey.

Chapter Sponsors