Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Chapter

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Greetings, Blue Star Families of Dayton and Southwestern Ohio!

I’m Dr. Geri Lynn Maples, the Blue Star Families Chapter Director for our portion of the Buckeye State! I served as a National Guard spouse for 15 years and have been serving as my husband’s military caregiver for the past 14 years. I am super excited and honored to welcome you to our Chapter. You’ll see me traveling across the entire Dayton/Cincinnati region serving on behalf of the military families in our community. I welcome you to say “Hello” and introduce yourself!

It is my pleasure to invite you to share ways that I can make you feel more welcome, encourage your participation at events, generate engagement on our Facebook page, lend a helping hand as a volunteer, and invite others to join us. If you want to see a stronger presence of Blue Star Families in your area, remember – I can’t do it without you!

We are working to bring things to our families that interest them. Please take a few minutes to fill out this quick survey to better help us serve you:

Hey Dayton, What Interests You?

Warmest regards,

Geri Lynn

Geri Lynn Maples, PhD
Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Chapter Director
[email protected]

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Homefront & Frontlines

Blue Star Families’ Homefront and Frontlines Town Hall Series features a series of high profile speakers covering items of key importance to military members, veterans, and their families.


Welcome Week

Welcome week is an exciting time for communities across the US to welcome military families who are new to the neighborhood. It’s an opportunity for military families to connect with their new community and for community partners to showcase what makes their town special. Through Welcome Week our team offers local and virtual opportunities nationwide for military families to get to know the best of what their new town has to offer.

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STARBUCKS: More than a Cup of Coffee

Blue Star Families and Starbucks have been strong partners for years in supporting military families around the globe. We’re committed to strengthening military families and connecting Americans to our servicemen and women, and their families. Through our partnership, we provide opportunities like regular Coffee Connects for military spouses, welcome to the community events, and yellow ribbon trees honoring service members who are away from home over the holidays. Together, Starbucks and Blue Star Families strive to bridge the divide between the 1% of Americans who have served in the U.S. military and the 99% who have not. Why? Because we believe we’re all stronger when we take care of one another.

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

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Racial Equity Initiative (REI)

The Blue Star Families’ Racial Equity Initiative is an important first step for our military families of color. Through five impact areas—Research & Advocacy, Training, Leadership, Collaboration, and Community Impact—the initiative will gather new resources and focus the energy of Blue Star Families and a broad assembly of corporate, foundation, and nonprofit partners.

How to Partner with Blue Star Families/ Resources

Help Blue Star Families sustain our community building efforts or volunteer with us!

Check out these national and local resources to help your military family:


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

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