Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Chapter

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Welcome to Blue Star Families of Dayton and Southwestern Ohio!

I am Dr. Geri Lynn Maples, 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 caregiver for the past 14 years. I am super excited and honored to welcome you to our Chapter. You will see me traveling across the entire Dayton/Cincinnati region serving on behalf of military and Veteran families in our community. I welcome you to say “Hello” and introduce yourself!

It is my pleasure to invite you to share ways 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 cannot do it without you!

We are working to bring you resources and programming that interests you. Please take a few minutes to fill out the brief survey below to help us best serve you.

Hey Dayton, What Interests You?

Warmest regards,

Geri Lynn Maples, Ph.D.
Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Chapter Director
[email protected]




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Blue Star Families Day at the Mound Cold War Discovery Center

Blue Star Families Day at the Mound Cold War Discovery Center Saturday, June 17th  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET  Mound Cold War Discovery Center 1075 Mound Road Miamisburg, Ohio 45342 In partnership with the…

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Starbucks Coffee Connect – Union Centre

Join Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio for a "Meet and Greet" during our June Starbucks Coffee Chat!  Enjoy Coffee and treats while getting to know Blue Star Families!  Contact Dr. Geri Lynn…

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Mental Health First Aid Training and Certification

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month  Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio have teamed up again this year with Mental Health First Aid of Northern Kentucky and Southwestern Ohio and our…

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UMP’s Care Columbus Clippers Meet & Greet Opportunity

Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio, in partnership with UMPS CARE Charities, are excited to share an opportunity for your family to register to attend the Columbus Clippers game on Friday, June 30th, 2023,…

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Stars, Stripes, and Yoga

Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Presents Stars, Stripes, and Yoga  Join us for Yoga at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force  Friday, July 7, 2023 9 AM ET  Meet us…

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Blue Star Families Day at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Blue Star Families Day at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum  Saturday, July 15th  11: 00 AM – 2:30 PM ET  Armstrong Air & Space Museum  500 Apollo Dr. Wapakoneta, OH 45895 In partnership with…

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Signature Programs


Join us in the Blue Star Neighborhood

Blue Star Neighborhood is our new online community exclusively for Blue Star Families members and the newest way to connect with other military spouses and families. You'll find all the latest information about your chapter there as well as access to signing up for events, perks, and exciting exclusive content.

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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.

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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.


Campaign for Inclusion

All Blue Star Families programming is informed by our research. For this reason, research and advocacy is a key pillar of our Campaign for Inclusion. While all Blue Star Families research in the future will continue to look at data through a racial equity and inclusion lens, our groundbreaking studyThe Diverse Experiences of Military and Veteran Families of Color provides unparalleled insight into how military families experience military life.

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.

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