Latest from Blue Star Families

PCS Paralysis: When You Feel Like a Stranger in a Strange Land

February 17, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

By: Jill Qualters Sometimes this nomadic military life can be really hard. And when things feel out of control and a mess, is it okay for us to complain? Complain to our spouse, our friends, or scream at the sky? Punch pillows and cry because we feel ungrounded while it appears that everyone around us […]

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Written testimony to Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee

February 15, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Written testimony to Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee by Blue Star Families “Review of Department of Defense Single Servicemember and Family Readiness Programs” SASC Personnel Subcommittee February 14, 2017 2:30-5PM Chairman Tillis, Ranking Member Gillibrand and other distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. I […]

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Treat Yourself, Know Yourself, Love Yourself

February 13, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

As a military spouse, it can be easy to lose yourself. You are usually “so-and-so’s spouse” or “dependent”. In a system where you are rarely known by your own name, and personal decisions are based on mission requirements, you can easily forget who you are and what makes YOU happy. And, since military spouses are […]

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Bargain Hunters Unite!

February 10, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

I have to confess, I love a good deal. The word “sale” sends chills down my spine and I just don’t feel I should ever pay full price for anything, when I know I could find a better price somewhere. I may actually have a problem (maybe there’s a name for this?) because I love […]

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What to do When Your Body & Heart Disagree

February 3, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

It’s completely frustrating when your heart wants to do something but your body says, “NO!” A few years ago, life decided to teach me what my husband and other injured soldiers may feel when they want to do something the same way they always have, yet they are limited by their current physical status. On […]

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7 Things to Expect During an OCONUS PCS

January 31, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

It never fails that once you feel at home at one station, you are on to another. Such is the life of a military family. I might be a bit biased, but if you are one of the lucky ones, you’ll get to PCS OCONUS. The process is a bit longer and more tedious, but […]

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PCS Diaries Part III: Getting There and Finding Home

January 27, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

By: Jill Qualters at Keep Calm & Have a Cosmo (Missed Part II? Check it out here!) Assimilation, or lack thereof. When I committed to writing a three part PCS series back in October I truly thought I would write them all in about 3 weeks. My diatribe about how everyone thinks we have it super easy […]

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Crossing Boundaries to Support Veterans and Military Families

January 23, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

The first White Oak Retreat in 2010, a gathering of leaders from across sectors organized and convened by Blue Star Families, a nonprofit that supports military families through career development, caregiving and research. “By organizing military families themselves, we can solve some problems, but what we realized is that we really needed to create an environment that was better for creating solutions as well,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO and President of Blue Star Families.

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People Purpose Passion Pizza Planters

January 17, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Try and say that three times fast!   Blue Star Families and Booz Allen Hamilton teamed up last November to build a garden for the children at the Lackland AFB Youth Center. The end result was more than just a fun garden for the kids; it was a worthwhile activity for the whole family. In 2015, […]

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El Paso Chapter Director Receives Special Recognition on Behalf of Caregivers

January 17, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Blue Star Families Chapter Director Nelida Lewis has devoted her life to helping Veterans and the Caregivers who support them. She supports Caregivers in her El Paso community and all over the country, using social media to connect with Caregivers and empower them to live healthy, balanced lives. She attends local and national events to […]

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