Latest from Blue Star Families

Networks Live Welcomes Author Denise Rivera & Life, Recalculated

December 4, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Join us for a Networks Live webinar on December 5th, as we discuss how military spouses can turn a passion for writing into a successful publishing career. Our guest speaker and author of the book Life, Recalculated, Denise Rivera, will lead a discussion that will include how the challenges of military life can result in […]

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Thankful For Our Neighbors

November 21, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

It is the time of year when we give thanks, where thanks are due. And this Thanksgiving, our Blue Star Neighbors deserve heaps of gratitude. 5 Groups of Neighbors We are Grateful for: 1. Our Next Door Neighbors To the snow plowers, leaf rakers, grass cutters, welcome home balloon deliverers, mailbox decorators, carpool drivers, meal […]

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The 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey Release

November 21, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

  The Blue Star Families 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey results were recently published. If you missed our release events, here’s what you can do to support.     You may recall Blue Star Families’ (BSF) call to action in late April asking you to take a 30-minute survey. On the evening of November 15th, […]

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A Thankful Nation

November 21, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

National Veterans & Military Families Month   A Thanksgiving Feast, Black Friday shopping, and the start of the Christmas and Holiday Season, all these are time-honored traditions in November. It is full of plenty of eating, shopping and celebrating. But, beyond these events, November is also when we recognize Veterans Day (November 11th) and Military […]

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Salute to Distinction Award Winner: Amse Heck

November 17, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the Blue Star Families mission within their respective communities. It is our pleasure to announce the 2017 Salute to Distinction Quarter 3 Award Winner: Amse Heck, Chapter Director, Washington DC. Amse’s nominators repeatedly commented […]

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Honoring Service Members: Starbucks Yellow Ribbon Trees

November 14, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

During the 2016 holiday season, with the help of Design & Source Productions and Starbucks, Blue Star Families Volunteers set up Yellow Ribbon Trees in Starbucks Military Family Stores across the country. Visitors to each store were invited to personalize Yellow Ribbon ornaments with the name of a loved one who would be away for […]

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National Guard and Reserve Families: Go Get Your ID Card!

November 14, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Christina Smith Are you a National Guard or Reserve family member without a valid military ID?  Do you think you will have plenty of time to get one if needed for a deployment?  Don’t put it off any longer! You never know when your service member will be deployed. This is especially true […]

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Blue Star Families’ 8th Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey Highlights Impacts of Service on Families

November 13, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Time away from family and impact on children and caregivers are top of mind for military families.   Washington, DC – For the first time in eight years, the top concern of military families is the impact of military service on their families, according to the 2017 Blue Star Families (BSF) annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey […]

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National Caregivers Month: Asking Better Questions

November 10, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Susan A. Vernick, Etiquette Chics Our country’s veterans are truly at the foundation of the freedom we all enjoy. All veterans are worthy of our thanks every day as we enjoy this precious freedom. But, beyond that, how can we act on those feelings of thankfulness, as a nation? When we interact with […]

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Exploring Olympic National Park

November 9, 2017 by Kellie Gunderman

Story by Kate Oyer, Blue Star Families Staff Thanks to Blue Star Parks and the America the Beautiful pass, we took a “framily” (military friends who have become our family) trip to Olympic National Park this summer. (The pass is free for military families! Check it out here.) Lake Quinault We only had one short […]

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