Latest News from Blue Star Families

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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Vet Tix and Blue Star Families Announce Partnership to Increase Support for Military Families

February 23, 2017 by Kelley Babbs

PHOENIX, AZ – Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) and Blue Star Families (BSF) today joined forces in a strategic partnership that will help strengthen both organizations’ programs and directly benefit military families. Vet Tix provides veterans, service members, caregivers and family of those killed in action with free tickets to major sports games, concerts, and […]

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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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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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Changing military families require more flexible support, Army secretary says

December 19, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

Written by C. Todd Lopez | December 12, 2016 Originally published on WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning believes the Army needs to change how it provides support to Soldiers and their families. Speaking at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Thursday before representatives and members of the Blue Star Families, […]

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Blue Star Families’ Seventh Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey Reveals The All-Volunteer Force At A Crossroads

December 7, 2016 by Bethany Harrell

Pay, Retirement and Spouse Employment Top List of Concerns for Military Families Washington, DC – Financial issues of military pay, changes to retirement benefits, and military spouse employment are the top concerns among military families, according to the 2016 Blue Star Families (BSF) annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS) released today.   However, quality of […]

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Blue Star Theatres and Seattle Children’s Theatre Present Event for Military Families

November 18, 2016 by Bethany Harrell

New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, and Blue Star Families, the country’s largest chapter-based military families non-profit organization, are pleased to announce that on Saturday, November 19, a Blue Star Theatres event will be held at 4:00 p.m. PT by Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), 201 Thomas Street, Seattle, […]

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