Veterans and Transitioning Military
It has been a long fight for military and Veteran families for the past 20 years, and we are still on duty. Together with our Blue Star Partners and local neighbors, Blue Star Families is solving challenges for Veteran and transitioning families like yours, ensuring that wherever you go, you always feel connected, supported, and empowered to thrive - in every community, across the nation, and around the globe. You will always have a home with Blue Star Families. Your local neighbors are here to welcome you with a virtual welcome card! We are curating the connections so your information stays with us and won’t be shared.
As a veteran or transitioning family, finding a sense of belonging in your community becomes even more important.
Only half (52%) of Veteran family survey respondents can find people in their civilian community to relate to. Blue Star Welcome Week is here to connect you with your neighbors and create communities of mutual support.
Whether you have just moved to a new location, will be moving soon, or you have been living in your community for a while now, there are plenty of ways to get connected and find the best opportunities for your family during Blue Star Welcome Week, from September 25th - October 3rd, 2021.
Ways to Participate
Join us for our Blue Star Welcome Week Challenge! You and your team of up to 10 people will virtually run, walk, volunteer, or even dance your way around seven of our military communities - coast to coast.
There are currently 11 Blue Star Chapters across the nation to better serve some of our local military and Veteran family populations. See if there is a Blue Star Chapter near you, and sign up to be a part of one!
Is it a moving year for you? Download and customize a free change of address card to let your friends and family know it is time to update your contact information! We have three designs to choose from.
Our servicemen and women move and deploy a lot. That’s why Xbox is on a mission to be “The Connecting Force” for your military family.
Enter for a chance to win an Xbox Series S and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for your MilFam.
Local Chapter Events + Virtual Events
Select a Blue Star Chapter near you to view in-person* Welcome Week events and virtual events that you can attend from anywhere. Send us a message if you don’t see a chapter near you. We want to know where there is a demand for local chapters! Please also message us with local and virtual event ideas that are interesting and valuable to you if you’re not finding something here. We want to provide meaningful ways for you to connect with your community!
Some of our events have limited capacity, so please register to ensure your chance at a spot, and connect with your local Chapter to be the first to know about events during Blue Star Welcome Week and beyond.
*We are closely monitoring local COVID-19 guidance! Please check local event details for updates or cancellations.
Meet Your Coast-to-Coast Supporters
We have received proclamations of support, from sea to shining sea, for Blue Star Welcome Week! These people have recognized the importance of helping YOU feel a sense of belonging in your community. Welcome home!
Get Settled and Connected
Whether you have just relocated, will be moving soon, or you have been living in your community for a while now, there are plenty of ways to get connected and find the best solutions to empower your family to thrive. We know that retiring or separating from the military offers some unique opportunities and challenges, so though this is not a comprehensive list, we have curated some favorites based on the experiences of our staff and closest partners.
Volunteer in Your Community
Establish a connection with your community and meet people with similar interests. Click on the buttons below for more options to learn about local opportunities available to you.