National Newsletter  |  Issue #21


Relocation and Housing Pulse Check - Results are In!

How are military families faring when looking for housing in this volatile market? How long are they waiting to get into housing, and how much are they spending out-of-pocket every month once they get there? We asked, and you told us! See how your recent relocation experience compares.

Let's Get You Hired

You’re invited to attend the Thursday Careerathon hosted by Blue Star Careers! Don’t miss out on learning about the latest jobs you can get connected to and the referrals available when you meet the requirements. RSVP today by joining Spouseforce, our virtual community on Facebook or LinkedIn!

Maintain a Competitive Edge in Your Career

Military spouses: take advantage of Google’s no-cost certification options! Blue Star Careers offers our members the Grow with Google Scholarship certificate at no cost (a $1,000 value). Our next cohort in project management starts December 15th. In less than 6 months, you can gain a new certification, learn with a team at your own pace, get career coaching, and land a sustainable career.

Thank You, Veterans & Military Families

Check out these November deals and discounts provided by top brands as a small token of appreciation exclusively for our U.S. military, Veterans, and families!

T-Mobile Careers Wants to Hire YOU!

T-Mobile Careers is on a mission to hire Veterans and military spouses, ensuring a culture of inclusion and professional growth. Want a job with a company that's got your back? Check out what T-Mobile has done for Paula, Laura, and Larry, then connect with a #TeamMagenta recruiter today.

Vote Blue Star Families!

Have you voted for us through Target Circle? If not, there’s still time! See how you can help direct Target’s giving to benefit our organization and the community.

Aura Thanks You for Your Service

As an expert in online security, Aura wants to help make it easier for you to keep your family's online activities private and secure – wherever the military takes you. In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month and Veterans Day, get a complimentary two-week trial and up to 50% off an Aura subscription.

Ford Proud to Honor

Show your patriotism this holiday season by shopping Proud to Honor merchandise, and 100% of Ford's profits will be donated to Blue Star Families and DAV – two military charities that help Veterans, service members, and their families.

Thanks for Joining Us on the Journey!

We had a wonderful time during Blue Star Welcome Week! With the help of our partners and an amazing effort by our Chapter Directors, we hosted 187 events in 139 communities across 30 states and 5 communities overseas. And, with the support of our incredible cause partners, we gave welcome gifts valued at over $30K to military and Veteran families. Welcome home!

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Add This Date to Your Calendar

TRICARE Open Season starts Monday, November 14th. Apply to get supplemental vision insurance for your active-duty military family before the deadline (midnight ET Monday, December 12th) or go without until 2024. Get a plan recommendation based on your vision care needs.

Learn from the World's Best

MasterClass is proud to partner with Blue Star Families to offer no-cost annual memberships to the entire MasterClass platform for one year (a $180 value)! Enter for the “get one, give one” MasterClass subscription to access this incredible gift for yourself and another this holiday season.

Updates on Student Loan Relief for Borrowers

The Department of Education will provide up to $20,000 in debt cancellation to Pell Grant recipients with loans held by the Department of Education, and up to $10,000 in debt cancellation to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 ($250,000 for married couples). While debt discharge is currently paused as a result of a court order, borrowers are still encouraged to apply.

Thank You, Blue Star Partners!

We’re grateful for the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lockheed Martin, Salesforce, and Wells Fargo. Because of the generous gift of these partners, we hired Lydiah Owiti, Financial Wellness DEPLOY Fellow; Marla Bautista, Food Insecurity/Welcome Programs DEPLOY Fellow; Angela Alford, Technology DEPLOY Fellow; and Kimberly Gold, Wells Fargo Housing DEPLOY Fellow. We’re so excited they’re part of our team, and we enjoy seeing the positive impacts they’re making within the military- and Veteran-connected community.

Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of many!

We'd like to thank the following sponsors for supporting Blue Star Families!