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Understanding the Impact of Race, Diversity and Inequality Issues on Military Families

March 2022

This session from the 2022 Defense Communities National Summit discussed into the recommendations for community and installation leaders from the Blue Star Families report on Military Families of Color and highlighted the work being done by community representatives.

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Veterans, Service Members of Color Grapple With Disparities

February 2022

Three in ten service members identify as a racial or ethnic minority, a figure that is expected to grow in the coming years. A new report from Blue Star Families, “The Diverse Experiences of Military & Veteran Families of Color,” suggests that addressing existing disparities faced by military families of color will improve national security and ensure long-term military readiness as those ranks grow.​

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Service members of color face racial harassment, safety issues and more, study says

February 2022

Minorities in the military are experiencing racism from their local communities, racial profiling from law enforcement and slurs from fellow service members, according to a first-of-its-kind survey that takes a deep dive into the experiences of service members of color and their families.

The study provides new insights into a workforce that is, in large part, a microcosm of American society in terms of representation.

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STARS AND STRIPES

Tonya Murphy poses with her husband Scotty, a Navy commander, in Washington, D.C. Murphy, a fellow with Blue Star Families, said she and her husband balked at assignments to bases in southeast Georgia and southwest Tennessee out of fears of racial discrimination being directed at their three sons. (Tonya Murphy/ Blue Star Families)
Tonya Murphy poses with her husband Scotty, a Navy commander, in Washington, D.C. Murphy, a fellow with Blue Star Families, said she and her husband balked at assignments to bases in southeast Georgia and southwest Tennessee out of fears of racial discrimination being directed at their three sons. (Tonya Murphy/ Blue Star Families)

US service members balk at some duty posts over racism fears, survey finds

February 2022

Military personnel who are minorities or have family members of color can face an agonizing decision when they receive assignments to places where they think they will face racial discrimination, a study commissioned by a military family advocacy group found.

And numerous respondents said that turning down a duty assignment over concerns of how they would be treated had harmed their military careers.

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CNN CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE

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After a career of breaking barriers in the Army, this retired General is now fighting for military families of color

October 2021

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REIC Co-Chair LtG Gwen Bingham (U.S. Army, Ret.) was highlighted as a part of CNN's Champions for Change program.

MILITARY INFLUENCER MAGAZINE

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Organization Launches $1 Million Racial Equity Initiative

February 2021

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The launch of REI was featured in an issue of Military Influencer Magazine. In it, you will learn more about the story behind the launch of this initiative — as told by key stakeholders.

BEHIND THE MISSION PODCAST

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BTM07 - Kathy Roth-Douquet and Sinclair Harris | Blue Star Families' Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative

February 23rd, 2021

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Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, and retired Navy Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris join the Behind the Mission Podcast to talk about diversity, equity, inclusion, and Blue Star Families' Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative.