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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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Herndon Starbucks Storytime & Coffee Connect

Join us for the National Capital Region Chapter's Herndon, VA Coffee Connect! First Tuesday of Every Month10 – 11:30 AM ET Starbucks Franklin Farm Store13660 Franklin Farm RdHerndon, VA 20171 Whether you’re a remote worker…

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Brandywine Starbucks Coffee Connect

Join us for the National Capital Region Chapter's Brandywine MD Coffee Connect! Second Thursday of Every Month10 – 11:30 AM EST Starbucks Military Connected Store15810 Crain HwyBrandywine, MD 20613 Whether you’re a remote worker looking…

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Springfield Starbucks Coffee Connect

Join us for the National Capital Region Chapter's Springfield, VA Coffee Connect! 2nd Sunday of Every Month 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET Starbucks at Saratoga Shopping Center 8098 Rolling Road Springfield, VA 22153 This…

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Arlington Penrose Starbucks Coffee Connect

Join us for the National Capital Region Chapter's Coffee Connect! Second Tuesday of Every Month 10 – 11:30 AM ET Penrose Square Starbucks 2413 Columbia Pike Arlington, VA 22204 You're invited to a casual Coffee…

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Arlington Crystal City Starbucks Careers & Coffee

Join us for the National Capital Region Chapter's Arlington Crystal City Starbucks Careers & Coffee summer series! June 15th, July 6th, and August 17th 5:00pm – 7:00pm 2231 Crystal Drive Arlington, VA 22202 Whether you’re…

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Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Starbucks Coffee Connect

Join us for the National Capital Region Chapter's JBAB Coffee Connect! Meets the third Tuesday of Every Month12:00 -1:30 PM ESTStarbucks Joint Base Anacosita-BollingBldg 4570, 195 Chappie James BlvdWashington, DC 20032 Whether you’re a remote…

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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.



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].

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