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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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Blue Star Families, Design & Source, and Starbucks Spread Holiday Cheer

January 17, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

  With the help of Starbucks and marketing company Design & Source, Blue Star Families spread cheer to families who were missing their loved ones this holiday season. In December at select Starbucks locations across the nation, special trees were set up and hundreds of Yellow Ribbon ornaments were provided for customers to personalize with […]

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PCS Diaries Part 2: The Pack Out

January 16, 2017 by Jenny Felsen

By: Jill Qualters at Keep Calm & Have a Cosmo (Missed Part I? Check it out here!) The day before our packers were supposed to show up they called and told us that they would actually be coming a day later. They estimated they only needed two days to pack instead of three, so they would see […]

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PCS Diaries: Part 1

January 9, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

By: Jill at Keep Calm & Have a Cosmo  It’s that time again. We’ve been in California for almost three years. We feel at home in our school, church, and neighborhood. So in true military fashion, it’s time to go. Once you start to feel really cushy in a place, it usually means that Millington […]

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If it wasn’t for the Navy…

December 31, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by: Nicole Robb People always ask me, “How is life in Australia different from America?” I always answer, “ I live the Military life in America, VERY different to my life in Australia and probably very different to the non-military life in America.” Prior to leaving Australia I was a 6th grade teacher, also running […]

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Unforgettable Civilian Neighbors

December 28, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades.com Strategic Communications Director Looking back on my family’s PCS history, I am reminded of all the wonderful people, both military and civilian, we have met along the way. When you move every couple of years, you quickly realize that it is memories of the people and not necessarily the places that […]

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MISSION: SLEEP NUMBER SURPRISE

December 21, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

At 0800 this morning, fueled by Venti lattes, we left Washington, D.C. for our target destination: Chief Warrant Officer Sean Ebersole’s home in Virginia Beach. Three hours later, we rendezvoused with the Sleep Number Home Delivery team at our designated meeting point two blocks from the family’s home and out of sight.

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