National Capital Region Chapter

Delivered by

CSX BLUE LOGO

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]

 

→ READ OUR MONTHLY CHAPTER NEWSLETTER

 

Emily Harrison photo

Events

Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses

Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses Sponsored by The Walter Reed Society Thursday, September 8 & 22 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET Join one session or…
Event Details

CANCELED: Connect Outdoors: Canoeing and Hiking at Leesylvania State Park

Join us to discover some of the wonders of the Potomac River. Learn about the fish that breed on our shore, get a river view by canoe, and take a…
Event Details

Connect Outdoors: Canoeing and Hiking at Leesylvania State Park

Join us to discover some of the wonders of the Potomac River. Learn about the fish that breed on our shore, get a river view by canoe, and take a…
Event Details

Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses

Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses Sponsored by The Walter Reed Society Thursday, September 8 & 22 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET Join one session or…
Event Details

Rosie Riveters STEM Program for grades K-2nd at Joint Base Andrews

REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO 5PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH The Rosie Riveters STEMP Program is coming back to Joint Base Andrews! Join Blue Star Families of the National Capital Region and…
Event Details

Rosie Riveters STEM Program for grades 3rd-5th at Joint Base Andrews

REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO 5PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH The Rosie Riveters STEMP Program is coming back to Joint Base Andrews! Join Blue Star Families of the National Capital Region and…
Event Details

Rosie Riveters STEM Program for grades 6th-8th at Joint Base Andrews

REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO 5PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH The Rosie Riveters STEMP Program is coming back to Joint Base Andrews! Join Blue Star Families of the National Capital Region and…
Event Details

Canoemobile Paddle with Wilderness Inquiry

Come out and paddle with Wilderness Inquiry as they tour the Mid Atlantic with Canoemobile! Experience the Anacostia River from a 10-person adaptive canoe, while learning basic paddling skills and…
Event Details

Signature Programs

Homefront and Frontlines Town Hall Series featured image

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.

BSF_BSWW_1200x675

Blue Star Welcome Week

From September 24 to October 2, 2022, communities across the U.S. will welcome military and Veteran families who are new to the neighborhood.

Blue Star Families Starbucks Operation Gratitude gift cards

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.

BSF_CampaignInclusion_Logo

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.

LOCAL

FOOD INSECURITY SUPPORT

Veterans Assistance and Nutrition Program Connects Veteran Families in Need with Resources to Support Them
Powered by Safeway

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 www.servingtogetherproject.org. 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

spouseforce image of two women looking at a laptop

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

Chapter Sponsors