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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Events

Veterans and Military Families: How to Welcome Our Afghan Allies

Veterans and Military Families: How to Welcome Our Afghan Allies A Conversation with Blue Star Families, Welcome.US, Operation Afghan Allies, and VSOs Taking Your Q&As Topics will include: Update on the Current State of Resettlement…

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Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Cyclones Trivia Night 10/28/21

Calling all hockey fans! Join Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio for a virtual trivia night with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Attendees will be entered to win Cincinnati Cyclones game vouchers and other related…

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“FlyerTalk Friday” On Location w/ University of Dayton Military | Veteran Center

Please join Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio’s Chapter Director, Dr. Geri Maples, for an in-depth live discussion with the University of Dayton’s Military & Veteran Programs and Services (MVPS) team live on…

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Discovering Influence Along Your Caregiving Journey Series Part One

Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Presents Discovering Influence Along Your Caregiving Journey Series Caregivers throughout the Buckeye State are invited to join Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio and our…

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Project R.E.D. Team – Hope For The Day’s Mental Health Seminar for BSF

PROJECT R.E.D. TEAM is Hope For The Day’s peer-led proactive mental health education and suicide prevention outreach platform. Our one-hour clinically backed education presentation was designed for members of the military, veterans, first responders, and…

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Discovering Influence Along Your Caregiving Journey Series Part Two

Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Presents Discovering Influence Along Your Caregiving Journey Series Caregivers throughout the Buckeye State are invited to join Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio and our…

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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.

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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