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Blue Star Families is the source for all things military family-related. With chapters and members located across the country and around the world, we offer a constantly-growing resource for the media to get in touch with real families, from all branches of service and all walks of life.

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In the News

New bill offers career flexibility to military spouses employed by federal government

Emmalee Gruesen considers herself a “a unicorn” among military spouses working for the federal government. She’s been able to keep steady employment as a program analyst with the Navy over the last eight years despite four moves with her husband, a naval officer.

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Building Belonging for Military Families of Color

Booz Allen partners with the nonprofit Blue Star Families to help military families of color feel more at home and included in the local communities where they live and serve. It’s part of Booz Allen’s enduring commitment to the nonprofit that has lasted for more than a decade. As the military works to build a diverse all-volunteer force, ensuring a sense of belonging and community is an imperative for force readiness.

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Senate panel advances rule change to get around Tuberville’s blockade on military promotions

A Senate committee on Tuesday voted for a temporary rule change that would allow the upper chamber to start confirming large groups of military promotions, even if Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville keeps trying to block them.

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Democrats advance plan to force quick vote on military nominations

Senate Democrats on Tuesday advanced plans to force a floor vote on hundreds of senior military promotions, potentially ending a nine-month nominations blockade that has upended planned leadership changes across the Department of Defense.

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Honoring veterans by supporting Blue Star Families: What keeps you up at night?

The co-founder of Blue Star Families, Kathy Roth-Douquet, talks about ways people can support military families and begin to turn around the U.S. military’s record low recruitment. Host Lynn Schmidt is a columnist and St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board member.

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Our military is being held as political hostages

Imagine this: One person wielding arbitrary power over 1.5 million military family members. But surprise, it’s not the president — it’s Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville.
His move to block more than 250 officer promotions not only robs the military of valuable talent, it’s left two military branches leaderless: the Marines, without an official chief for the first time in 164 years, and the Army. The consequences are far-reaching, impacting those who defend our freedoms.

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Here’s what the PACT Act can do for you, how to apply

SALT LAKE CITY — Veterans still have until Monday night to get backdated benefits through the PACT Act.
Around 2,000 Utah vets have already had claims approved in the past year and advocates are trying to get anyone who hasn’t already applied to do so. Jenny Akin, Chief of Staff at Blue Star Families told KSL NewsRadio that, at its heart, the PACT Act makes it easier for Veterans and their surviving families to apply for assistance.

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President Joe Biden says he’s ‘proud’ that PACT Act has helped more than 2,000 Utah veterans

In front of an audience of veterans and some of Utah’s most high-profile Democrats, President Joe Biden recognized the first anniversary of signing the PACT Act into law at his only public appearance during a brief visit to Utah. At the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs health center on Thursday, Biden praised the support from all sides of the political aisle that led to the bill’s passage a year ago, saying, “We are the United States of America, there’s nothing, nothing beyond our capacity when we decide to work together to get it done.”

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Businesses That Help Military Recruiting Help Themselves

When businesses and our military work together to address the challenges with recruiting in our armed forces, both will benefit. Why is this important? In the words of Francis Hesselbein, former CEO of the Girl Scouts, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and who passed away last year at the age of 107, the two institutions that have sustained our democracy from the very beginning are public education and the United States military. Today, both are under pressure, and American businesses can help.

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Howard University Commemorates 75th Anniversary of U.S. Military Desegregation

On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981, integrating America’s Armed forces, and 75 years later, Howard University, a site with a deep history of military service and civil rights activism, recognized this pivotal moment in American history with a panel and symposium.
The university, in partnership with Blue Star Families and The Chamberlain Project hosted “Freedom to Serve: Integrating the Armed Services, an event that included robust conversations, an appearance by Air Force veteran and venerable actor Morgan Freeman, and a celebration of American heroes.

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Press Releases

Military Nonprofit Announces “Thank You, Military” Sweepstakes and Other Exciting Initiatives in Honor of Military Family Appreciation Month

October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As they have for the past six years, Blue Star Families and Sleep Number Corporation (Nasdaq: SNBR) are joining forces this NFL season to support the health and wellness of military families.Together they will surprise two military…

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Worn in the USA: Ford ‘Proud to Honor’ Merchandise Sales to Benefit DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Blue Star Families

September 9, 2020

DEARBORN, Mich. – To further its Proud to Honor initiative and strengthen its decades-long relationship with the U.S. military, Ford today is launching an online store stocked with merchandise to raise money for two nonprofit military organizations. Ford will give…

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USAA Provides Assistance to Military Families Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 20, 2020

ENCINITAS, CA – Today as part of a historic commitment by USAA’s Military Family Relief Initiative, Blue Star Families will receive $500,000  to assist military and families during these challenging economic times. The donation will allow the organization to conduct…

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Blue Star Families & Spiritune Partner to Engage Military Families in Self-Care During COVID-19 Crisis

May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of Military Appreciation Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, Blue Star Families and Spiritune have announced a new partnership that gives military families complimentary access to the Spiritune app, which was created to help manage…

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Military Nonprofit Announces “Sleep Well, MilKid” Sweepstakes in Honor of Month of the Military Child

April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Entry for the “Sleep Well, MilKid” sweepstakes are now open. Together, Blue Star Families and Sleep Number Corporation, a purpose-driven company in the health and wellness space, will give away 100 Sleep Kits as part of Month…

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Blue Star Families Announces New Board Members

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Blue Star Families, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors, today announces the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors. Appointments include Bryan Tucker, Vice President of Corporate…

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