Latest from Blue Star Families

Fort Hood Husband, Wife Military Duo Summit Mount Kilimanjaro

October 16, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Capt. Kevin Sandell, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs A dual-military couple stationed at Fort Hood recently completed an expedition to Africa by climbing and summiting the continent’s highest peak. For the veteran travel enthusiasts, both of whom are less than 30 years old, ascending the “roof of Africa” proved to be a […]

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Pride & Honor: A Poem By Military Child Mitchell Adkins

October 12, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Remarkable is this journey as far as I see. Made in America – yes, that is me. Son of a Patriot – proudly to be. The devotion, the strength – the fabric worn free. My life has been quite different, and that I would not trade. New friends around the world, what a blessing our […]

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Get Loud, Military Families! Start Telling Neighbors What You Need!

October 11, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

We are celebrating Good Neighbors… but what does that even mean? Blue Star Neighbor (n): Any individual who is dedicated to helping military families thrive! When our team at Blue Star Families decided to celebrate National Good Neighbor Day, we started off by asking military spouses on Facebook what kind of support they were looking for. The answers we received […]

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Salute to Distinction Award Winner: Robin Johnson

October 11, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Blue Star Families is an organization built on the strength of its volunteer network. These volunteers, who provide vital links to local military communities, give selflessly of their time, talent and resources. The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes our outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the […]

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The Healing Power of Horses

September 22, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

The Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center Hosts Military Families For A Day Of Health, Wellness, Fun & Togetherness! “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Winston Churchill No truer words have possibly been spoken and, if you choose to argue that point, there are nearly […]

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How To Create A Fall Porch For Less Than Twenty-Five Dollars

September 22, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Because a PCS should never make you FALL OUT OF LOVE with your home! Between my military service and my spouse’s, we’ve lived in seven states and two countries. One thing I’ve learned along the way is that building a lasting collection of holiday and seasonal décor is hard…make that almost impossible. Cute tin pumpkins just […]

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Book Drives for the Families of Injured Servicemembers: Part 3

September 20, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Was this just a coincidence? Three amazing military spouses. Three different states. Three different military branches. One goal: Purchase new books for the families of ill or injured service members this holiday season.   Military spouses Mandie Sallings, Taylor Kelly & Alicia Smith all woke up one morning with the same question: How can I […]

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Book Drives for the Families of Injured Servicemembers: Part 2

September 19, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

WAS THIS JUST A COINCIDENCE? Three amazing military spouses. Three different states. Three different military branches. One goal: Purchase new books for the families of ill or injured service members this holiday season.   Military spouses Mandie Sallings, Taylor Kelly & Alicia Smith all woke up one morning with the same question: How can I […]

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Book Drives for the Families of Injured Servicemembers: Part 1

September 18, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Was this just a coincidence? Three amazing military spouses. Three different states. Three different military branches. One goal: Purchase new books for the families of ill or injured service members this holiday season.     Military spouses Mandie Sallings, Taylor Kelly & Alicia Smith all woke up one morning with the same question: How can […]

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Helping Military Children Cope with an Injured Parent

September 11, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

My Dad Got Hurt. What Can I Do? Story by Brunella Costagliola and Dr. Jerid Fisher It was a very cold February in Minot, North Dakota and I was trying my best to put a positive spin on the -50 degrees Fahrenheit weather for my two children, who kept asking me why they couldn’t go play outside. […]

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