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Welcome to Blue Star Families of the National Capital Region!

Like many of you, I am a military spouse and have had the opportunity to travel and live around the globe in support of my husband’s career. Today, I am very glad to call the DC area my home and to welcome you to our Chapter! Together, we can build a local community comprised of our military families, Veterans, caregivers, and civilian neighbors.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to share ways I can make you feel more welcome, encourage your participation at in-person and virtual events, grow engagement on our Facebook page, lend a helping hand as a volunteer, and invite others to join us as a member of Blue Star Families.

If you want to see a stronger presence of Blue Star Families in our area, remember: I cannot do it without you!

Julie Riggs
National Capital Region Chapter Director
[email protected]




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Canceled: Seine Fishing and Canoeing at Leesylvania State Park

Join us Saturday, May 21st at 9 am to discover some of the wonders of the Potomac River. Learn about the fish that breed on our shores and get a…
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Blue Star Volunteer Event with Operation Gratitude|

Come out and volunteer with us for a Blue Star Volunteer Event with Operation Gratitude! Saturday, May 21st 12:30 – 4:00 PM ET DC National Guard Armory 2001 E Capitol…
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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Private Tour

Blue Star Families invites 20 members to join us for a private tour of the newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr Library in Washington, DC. The flagship library has undergone…
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Blue Star Welcome Wednesdays

Blue Star Welcome Wednesdays 2nd and 4th Wednesdays starting January 12th, 2022 from 1 – 2 PM ET via Zoom 2022 Dates: January 12th & 26th February 9th & 23rd…
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Hike to End Hunger | Bay View trail at Mason Neck State Park

Join Blue Star Families and Military Wild as we host outdoor activities across the country that raise awareness of food insecurity among military-connected families. Through these hikes, nature walks, and…
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Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebration with Blue Star Families Sunday, June 19th 10 AM – 12 PM Mallows Bay Park 1440 Wilson Landing Rd Nanjemoy, MD 20662 Join Blue Star Families DEPLOY Fellows…
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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.



Veterans Assistance and Nutrition Program Connects Veteran Families in Need with Resources to Support Them
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In our continued efforts to help address the food insecurity needs of Veterans and their families, Blue Star Families of the National Capital Region launched the Summer 2021 Veterans Assistance and Nutrition (VAN) program with EveryMind’s ServingTogether.

The VAN program will be accepting intake referrals from Veterans, spouses of Veterans, or direct caregivers of Veterans in the National Capital Region from July 30th through September 30th, 2021. Qualified applicants will receive a $100 Safeway gift card.

Those interested in receiving assistance can register at ServingTogether Peer Navigators can also be reached by phone at 1-855-738-7176, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM – 4:30 PM. A Peer Navigator will respond within 24 business hours to complete the registration and quickly refer eligible participants to appropriate resources.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

COVID-19 and Vaccine Resources

Racial Equity and Inclusion Resources

Welcome Resources

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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