COVID-19

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.

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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.

Information

COVID-19 Military Families Pain Points Poll

Military families, communities, and Veterans are experiencing intense challenges during this global pandemic. To identify these pain points, we have launched the COVID-19 Military Families Pain Points Poll. This poll is more than a one-time survey. The questions and topics update weekly to reflect the changing needs of those impacted by COVID-19.

In this ever-changing environment, it is vital that we stay connected to our military families and military community. We encourage you to take this poll as often as your situation shifts, so we can better understand how COVID-19 has impacted your life. The Pain Points Poll operates in real-time allowing us to alert military, government, and nonprofit leaders to challenges as they arise in the weeks and months to come.

Please take a moment to give us your community's weekly temperature check.

Pain Points Poll Latest Results:

Resources

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Member Benefits

Blue Star Families’ partners are offering members exclusive access to virtual resources to support you through this uncertain time.

Join Blue Star Families now to enjoy these benefits and more.

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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.

Categories include:
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.

Updates

Policy Response

We are convening working groups to consider policy responses and recommendations across a range of issues.