Blue Star Families is leveraging our close relationships with government leaders and the local community to bring visibility on challenges affecting military families in a thoughtful and timely way. Our hard work to create collaborative relationships allows us to help coordinate a positive response.
Below you can see many of the immediate actions we are taking. Check back soon as additional information and resources will be added daily.
COVID-19 Military Support Initiative
In partnership with the Association of Defense Communities, we launched the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI) to establish a clearinghouse for vetted, official information both to and from military and veteran families about benefits, as well as evolutions in the pandemic’s progress and our fight to stop it.
The COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI) will provide resources and expertise to support communities, states and military families through this crisis, including:
- Providing comprehensive coverage of the crisis through a new daily publication that will build on ADC’s widely-read On Base daily newsletter.
- Hosting Virtual Town Halls on the key issues impacting our military, defense communities and military families during the crisis.
- Convening Military Community and Family Organizations and experts to identify and advance best practices and policy solutions.
- Create a repository to capture and document best practices, lessons-learned, and frequently-asked questions.
Upcoming Virtual Events
COVID-19 and the Base of the Future: A Conversation with Hon. Jordan Gillis, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment
Thursday, July 9, 3:00 PM ET
Relying on Creativity to Cope with Stress
Thursday, July 16, 3:00 PM ET
Life Is in the Transitions
Thursday, July 23, 3:00 PM ET
We continue working to answer all questions posed by participants during our COVID-19 Military Support Initiative Event Series.
The Pain Points Poll
Over it's 10-week fielding, the CMSI Pain Points Poll identified the intense challenges our military families, military communities, and veterans experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. By staying connected to our military community we have been able to initiate necessary policy shifts and to alert military, government, and non-profit leaders of the pain points our community has faced during this global pandemic.
Pain Points Poll Latest Results:
Blue Star Families’ partners are offering members exclusive access to virtual resources to support you through this uncertain time.
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COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Browse our growing collection of handy resources to help get through the Coronavirus crisis. More resources are added daily.
Arts and Creativity, At-Home Education, Childcare, Employment, Family Entertainment, Financial Assistance, Food Assistance, and more...
Local Chapter Support
We are pivoting our local Blue Star Families chapters to provide increased information and support to local military family communities, including reaching out to you directly to understand what you need and identifying new locally-based sources of support.
Blue Star Families Needs Your Help: Call for Stories
As we’ve seen over the past few weeks, information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic develops rapidly. In order to help the BSF community adapt and overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19, we would like to hear how your community is responding to this crisis.
We are convening working groups to consider policy responses and recommendations across a range of issues.