Family Life

Champions of Chunky Spotlight: Meet Melissa

“I enjoy supporting the wonderful families in my unique military community,” Melissa, Army spouse, recently told Blue Star Families. “So, I love volunteering my time to organizations that have a direct impact on my neighbors and friends-as-family.”  An Army spouse for 15 years, Melissa has assimilated to four different duty stations and therefore has become…

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Champions of Chunky Spotlight: Meet Kellee

“At every duty station, I try to get involved as much as possible with the unit,” Kellee, Army spouse, recently told Blue Star Families. “I have done everything from being an FRG leader to just making sure that drill sergeants were taken care of and bringing them meals and coffee to training sites and to…

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You Are Not Alone: Sarah’s Story on Military Spouse Employment

Welcome Sarah B., military spouse, to the Blue Star Families blog! Sometimes I wish that military life came with a handbook—advice, suggestions, and hard truths that come with your new path in life. My husband is active-duty military member, and we have been stationed in three states in the past eight years. As a military…

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January 2020 Newsletter

Grow Your Google Skills! Blue Star Families has partnered with Google to help you up your digital game! You can now search for military-friendly remote jobs and improve your tech capabilities with Applied Digital Skills workshops! Check out this webinar for on-demand training, or contact your local Careers Manager to attend a workshop near you.…

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2019 Year in Review: Blue Star Families Volunteers Making an Impact

2019 is nearly over, friends. While we’re looking forward to all that 2020 (and an entirely new decade) will bring, today, we’re looking back on the incredible year Blue Star Families volunteers had.  Why? Because our volunteers deserve all the love. They’re the reason why we’re able to further our mission to empower our nation’s…

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Champions of Chunky Spotlight: Meet Pat

“My husband served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, so he had three tours,” Pat, military spouse, recently told Blue Star Families. “Unfortunately, he was injured in combat and suffered TBI and PTSD, so my role as a spouse changed overnight.”    When Pat’s husband was…

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Blue Star Families’ Stars, Stripes & Snowflakes Holiday Party: A Behind the Scenes Look

Welcome, Kiesha—Navy wife, mom of two, and D.C.-based writer and educator—to the Blue Star Families blog!  Teacher gifts. ✓ December band concert. ✓ Holiday cards sent. ✓ Two whole weeks of no school. ✓ Grocery store runs, Amazon orders; the list goes on and on. The holidays are an intense time for everyone, thanks to…

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Champions of Chunky Spotlight: Meet Jessica

“Our first PCS was challenging. No one should feel alone and isolated when we are all on this journey together,” Jessica, volunteer extraordinaire, recently told Blue Star Families. “In the past couple of years, I learned that there are many great organizations out there ready to provide support to military families with the help of…

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3 Ways to Support Blue Star Families This Holiday Season (Just By Shopping!)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… unless you’re battling it out in a shopping mall’s parking lot for the last space. Or standing in line. Or just stressing about your shopping list. But shopping shouldn’t dampen your spirits. After all, it’s the season of generosity and joy. And we have a few ways…

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The Latest on Paid Family Leave & Why It Matters to Your MilFam

Life happens – People get sick. Tragedies strike. Babies are born. Spouses get deployed. In situations like these, you or your partner might find yourselves in need of paid time off. Introducing: NY’s Military Family Leave Policy New York state currently allows the spouses, domestic partners, parents, and children of military service members to take…

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