DEPLOY Fellows Program

Diversify and Expand the Pipeline of Leaders oYour military communities

REI DEPLOY Fellows serve for one year in Blue Star Chapter-based or national roles at Blue Star Families while receiving training in MSO/VSO leadership curated by several of our key partners.

Much of their work focuses on bringing awareness to issues military and Veteran families encounter regarding racial equity and inclusion through community engagement and partnerships, improving experiences and increasing representation in community settings across the country through outreach work and programming initiatives, and supporting the programming of the department in which they are embedded. Upon graduating, fellows will continue their work in positions of leadership within the MSO/VSO space.

Meet the 2021 DEPLOY Fellows

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USAA DEPLOY Fellow, National Chapter


JPMorgan Chase & Co. Financial Wellness DEPLOY Fellow

Charo Bates

USAA Applied Research & Social Impact DEPLOY Fellow


Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund DEPLOY Fellow, New York Tri-State

Kelley Klor - July 2021 BSF

Amazon Food Insecurity DEPLOY Fellow


Starbucks Mental Health & Wellness DEPLOY Fellow, Jacksonville

Tonya Murphy

Lockheed Martin DEPLOY Fellow, National Capital Region


Robert R. McCormick Foundation DEPLOY Fellow, Chicagoland

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Blue Star Parks DEPLOY Fellow

Brandy Tillman

Communications DEPLOY Fellow


Salesforce Technology DEPLOY Fellow