Latest News from Blue Star Families

National Park Trust and Blue Star Families Announce New Partnership

March 5, 2018 by Bana Miller

WASHINGTON, DC – National Park Trust (NPT) and Blue Star Families are pleased to announce a new partnership designed to create family-friendly park events for military families across the United States in commemoration of Kids to Parks Day, held annually the third Saturday in May. This year, Kids to Parks Day will be May 19, 2018, coinciding with Armed Forces Day 2018. “We are […]

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Blue Star Families Supports Legislation Proposed by Senator Kaine to Reduce Military Spouse Unemployment

January 31, 2018 by Kellie Gunderman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, February 2 in Suffolk, Blue Star Families will stand in support of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Co-Chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, and the proud father of a Marine, as he announces new comprehensive legislation he is introducing to help reduce military spouse unemployment […]

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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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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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Whole Foods and Blue Star Families Join Forces to Support Military Families

July 18, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Free Pantry Starter Kits will help families after a military move   Select Whole Foods Market locations have partnered with Blue Star Families to fill the cabinets of recently moved families. To alleviate the financial cost of restocking the pantry,  individual Whole Foods stores have pledged thousands of complimentary Pantry Starter Kits for military families […]

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Gillibrand, Cotton Bill Would Help Military Families

June 27, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced new bipartisan legislation that would give military families with children better support and more flexibility when they use child care facilities on military installations or seek child care from community providers. The bipartisan ACCESS Act underscores the […]

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Op-Ed: Closing the Civilian Awareness Gap

May 25, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Real Clear Defense has published an op-ed authored by Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet which describes the lack of civilian awareness of the challenges and sacrifices that come with military family life, and how closing the awareness gap will enrich our communities and strengthen our nation. You can read the full article at

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Blue Star Families Hires Chaitali Patel as Chief External Affairs Officer

May 9, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Industry veteran will help to greatly extend the depth, breadth and reach of Blue Star Families’ programs helping military families. Washington, D.C., May 9, 2017 – Blue Star Families, a military family advocacy non-profit, today announced that Chaitali Patel has joined the company as Chief External Affairs Officer. Patel was formerly Senior Director and head […]

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Blue Star Families launches the 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

April 26, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

  Military community is asked to participate San Diego, CA – Blue Star Families announces the launch of the 2017 Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS), available online now at The survey is a yearly snapshot of the state of military families, offering crucial insight and data to help inform national leaders, local communities, and philanthropic […]

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BSF in the news!

March 21, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

Read below to learn about just a few of the ways Blue Star Families is making an impact! The New York Times features an eye opening piece on the isolation one military spouse faces. Spoiler alert: she’s not alone. Bonds That Combat the Isolation of Military Life Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet sat down with […]

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