Welcome to Blue Star Families of Utah!
I am Emily Harrison, Chapter Director of Utah, the Beehive State. Although my husband is now retired from active duty, I was an Army spouse for the better part of 16 years. Having volunteered and worked within the military community for almost 20 years in Family Readiness Programs, I am excited to bring my experience to our Blue Star Families community.
Utah has an extensive network of nonprofit organizations, agencies, and local and state-level leadership that provide tremendous support to our military and Veteran community, and we are proud to be a part of it. Although I reside close to Hill Air Force Base, you will see me buzzing around the Salt Lake Valley, Wasatch Front, and beyond to serve you.
I encourage you to reach out and connect with me. Be sure to like our Chapter Facebook page to stay up-to-date on news and events. If you are looking for ways to get involved, and you would like to lend a hand as a volunteer, we have many ways to assist. Also, invite others to join us, which will only help increase our reach and grow our Chapter!
Lastly, if you want to see a stronger presence of Blue Star Families in your area, remember: we cannot do it without you!
Emily C. Harrison
Utah Chapter Director
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 24 to October 2, 2022, communities across the U.S. will welcome military and Veteran families who are new to the neighborhood.
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.
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 study: The Diverse Experiences of Military and Veteran Families of Color provides unparalleled insight into how military families experience military life.
Help sustain our community building efforts or volunteer!
Check out the following national and local resources to empower your family.
COVID-19 and Vaccine Resources
- Utah State Coronavirus Website
- Salt Lake County Vaccination Resource
- A Mask for Every Utahn Campaign
- Utah Department of Workforce Services: Jobs & Unemployment Info
Racial Equity and Inclusion Resources
- Utah Cultural Alliance
- Utah Black Chamber
- Utah’s American Latino Chamber of Commerce
- Latinos In Action
- Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce
- Children & Nature Network – Equitable Access to the Outdoors
We are listening and working to ensure you have the chance for a fulfilling career during your military journey.