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A collection of press releases, news pieces, and media contact details for Blue Star Families.

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In the News

Efforts to diversify military target of culture wars

As the nation marked the 75th anniversary of desegregation in the military and the federal workforce, it celebrated progress — but the occasion also served as a reckoning. A combination of congressional concerns about quotas and recruiting problems for the armed services reveals a fault line in how the military should set policies to increase diversity.

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Starbucks Strengthens its Support for the U.S. Military Community 

Seattle, WA — Today, Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) is proud to strengthen its support for the U.S. military community, including partners (employees) and their families through expanded career development, mental health, and hiring initiatives. The focus areas were inspired by conversations with Starbucks Armed Forces Network (AFN), a partner (employee) resource group that welcomes, engages and empowers Starbucks Veterans, military spouses and advocates.

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Many military families are struggling financially. They could soon get a big pay hike

Although the House’s latest defense bill has come under fire for its controversial social policy amendments, the crucial annual legislation also has a multitude of provisions to help service members and their families who are struggling financially.

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Blue Star Families’ annual survey on military life wraps up soon

Military families still have several days to take part in the largest annual survey of military life, which concludes Wednesday. Results of the Military Family Lifestyle Survey are routinely read by military leaders and politicians in positions to make changes, Blue Star’s senior director of applied research, Jessica Strong, told Stars and Stripes

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Blue Star Families empowering military spouses in job market

FORT CAVAROS, Texas (NewsNation) — Service members across the world protect our freedom, and as they fulfill their duty, their families often relocate from one military base to another. In the midst of already challenging circumstances, many spouses face the additional hurdle of securing employment in new cities.

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411 Teen – Military Families

411 Teen talks with members of Blue Star Families, a non-profit founded by military spouses, on the findings of their 2023 survey of issues affecting military families such as health care, education, employment and housing.

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Founder of Craigslist donates millions to military families (Podcast)

Today, Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Leo Shane III sits down with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark to discuss his $100 million donation to military families.

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$100M pledge to vets group is money ‘owed’ to them, Newmark says

Why would a self-described tech nerd with no personal connection to the armed forces give away $100 million to organizations focused on veterans and military families? “Because I owe them,” said Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist turned philanthropist and veterans advocate.

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United we stand: Diverse families in our military need our support

A recent survey from Blue Star Families revealed that military families are less likely to recommend service than before: 37 percent of active-duty families still recommend military service, down significantly from 60 percent a decade ago. Why?

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Military spouses are the first casualties of licensing red tape as they stop practicing the professions that society desperately needs

Flag Day is not only the day the Stars and Stripes became our flag, it is also the birthday of an institution that defends the freedoms the flag represents–the Army. But what if the government required you to move, and the state you moved to wouldn’t allow you to practice your profession?

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Press Releases

Blue Star Families and The White Oak Collaborative to Host Current Events Town Hall: Global Events and You: What Military Families Want to Know

January 30, 2024

Blue Star Families will hold a virtual town hall with the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and The White Oak Collaborative on February 6th at 3 PM ET. The primary objective of this virtual town hall is to disseminate crucial information and address queries from military families currently grappling with uncertainty and challenges stemming from current global events.

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“The Risks of Progressive Ideologies in the U.S. Military” – Testimony of Kathy Roth-Douquet

January 10, 2024

U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs Hearing on “The Risks of Progressive Ideologies in the U.S. Military”  Testimony of Kathy Roth-Douquet Founder & CEO Blue Star Families  January 11, 2024 …

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Joint Statement on the 4+1 Commitment

December 6, 2023

Today, military and veteran service organization leaders from Hiring Our Heroes and Blue Star Families released the following joint statement after their roundtable session in Washington, D.C.:  Today, we — Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes, and Kathy Roth-Douquet,…

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Statement from Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet in Response to Release of Military Promotions Block

December 5, 2023

Today Americans learned that progress has reportedly been made in overcoming a nearly year-long hold on military promotions by Sen. Tuberville as a means to score a political win. If reports are true, he will now narrow his focus toward the few pending three-star nominees as a way to continue his campaign, unrelated to the qualifications by these top officers to hold their next posts.

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Blue Star Families Gathers to Support Senate Rules Committee’s Consideration of Resolution to Approve Military Nominations

November 14, 2023

Blue Star Families Gathers to Support Senate Rules Committee’s Consideration of Resolution to Approve Military Nominations Washington, DC – On Tuesday, November 14, at 3:00 PM EST, Blue Star Families, the largest national non-profit dedicated to supporting military families and…

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Blue Star Families Launches Outposts, “15 for 15,” Volunteer Activation at Annual Celebration

October 27, 2023

[Washington D.C.] – The annual gala event, Blue Star Celebration, marked the start of three major Blue Star Families campaigns to reinvigorate public support for military communities: Blue Star Outposts, 15 for 15, and a national volunteer activation. Each will…

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