It has been a long fight for military and Veteran families for the past 20 years, and we are still on duty. Military- and Veteran-connected families are in our communities and need our support! Are you interested in championing future Blue Star Families initiatives? We would love to welcome you.

We have many ways you can get involved with supporting our initiatives—sponsors, in-kind sponsors, co-chairs, committee members, public supporters, sharers of information, and volunteers. No gift or effort is too small when it comes to helping connect our military and Veteran families to the communities where they live and serve. Coming together with what we have to offer, we can create a wave of positivity that reaches all of our borders and beyond.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has shown support for Blue Star Welcome Week. You have made a difference.

Military Connected Families

Honorary Co-Chairs

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Harriet Dominique

Honorary Co-Chair, Blue Star Welcome Week

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Corporate Responsibility Officer, USAA


General Joseph Dunford

Honorary Co-Chair, Blue Star Welcome Week

U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Ellyn Dunford

Honorary Co-Chair, Blue Star Welcome Week

Military Family Advocate

Craig Newmark

Honorary Co-Chair, Blue Star Welcome Week

Founder, Craigslist and Craig Connects

Board Member Emeritus, Blue Star Families

Interested in joining these leaders to represent your business or organization as a co-chair of Blue Star Families’ initiatives? Connect with us.

Honorary Committee Members

Meet your Blue Star Welcome Week honorary committee members. These individuals lend their names and significant influence to champion the cause and raise awareness in support of military and Veteran families.

  • Mr. Rahn Bass, Spouse of Chief Master Sergeant JoAnne S. Bass.
  • CDR Ruth Lescher, USN (ret), Spouse of Admiral Bill Lescher, Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • Mrs. Krysti Pereira, Spouse of Command Master Chief Jahmal Pereira, Deputy Commandant for Operations, US Coast Guard
  • Admiral Paul Zukunft, USCG (ret) and Ms. Fran DeNinno
  • Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham, US Army (ret)
  • Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, US Army (ret) & Mrs. Kathleen McMaster
  • Mrs. Mollie Raymond, Spouse of General John 'Jay' Raymond, Chief of Space Operations
  • Mrs. Sharene Brown
  • Thomas J. Donohue, Retired President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
  • Command Sergeant Major James Sims, US Army (ret)
  • General James L. Jones, USMC (ret) 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps, 14th Supreme Allied Commander Europe
  • Brigadier General Michael Meese, President, AAFMAA, and Mrs. Ramona Meese
  • General Larry Spencer, USAF (ret) and Mrs. Ora Spencer

Do you know an extraordinary individual who has a passion for empowering military and Veteran families to thrive in their communities? Nominate them as an honorary committee member.

Elected Officials

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Mayor Lenny Curry
    (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Governor Larry Hogan
    (State of Maryland)
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot
    (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Governor J.B. Pritzker
    (State of Illinois)
  • Board of Commissioners of Cook County (Illinois)
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser
    (Washington, D.C.)
  • Governor Ron DeSantis
    (State of Florida)
  • Assemblymember Tasha Horvath
    (California State Assembly, 76th District)
  • State Representative Angie Nixon
    (Florida House of Representatives, 14th District)
  • Mayor Esther Sanchez
    (Oceanside, California)
  • Governor Mike Parson
    (State of Missouri)
  • Mayor Jane Castor
    (Tampa, Florida)
  • Governor Mike DeWine
    (State of Ohio)
  • Mayor Rick Kriseman
    (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Governor Ralph Northam
    (Commonwealth of Virginia)
  • Mayor Nan Whaley
    (Dayton, Ohio)
  • State Representative Bill Hardwick
    (Missouri House of Representatives, 122nd District)
  • Governor Spencer Cox
    (State of Utah)
  • Mayor Todd Gloria
    (San Diego, California)
  • Governor Bill Lee
    (State of Tennessee)
  • Mayor Joe Pitts
    (Clarksville, Tennessee)
  • Mayor Bill deBlasio
    (New York, New York)
  • Mayor Ron Nirenberg
    (San Antonio, Texas)

Interested in sending a letter to your local officials, encouraging them to participate in the next Blue Star Welcome Week? Connect with us.

Trusted Nonprofit Partners

These nonprofit organizations are working hard every day to offer valuable services and resources to military and Veteran families. They know how important it is to create moments of welcome and a sense of belonging for these families, and we appreciate that they have shared the message of Blue Star Welcome Week with their communities.

AARP® - A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association® (AAFMAA) - The longest-standing, nonprofit financial solutions provider supporting military families and Veterans with advice, information, insurance, financial planning, investments, mortgages, survivor assistance and other benefits.

The American Red Cross - The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.

Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) - The constant in a military family’s life: on the home front and during deployment, when transitioning between bases, and in times of conflict and peace.

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) - Works with a national network of more than 400 child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies and other partners to ensure all families have access to quality, affordable child care. 

Elizabeth Dole Foundation - Strengthens and empower America’s military caregivers and their families by raising public awareness, driving research, championing policy, and leading collaborations that make a significant impact on their lives. 

Got Your 6 - Includes best-in-class grantees and a national network of local partners. It provides support to millions of Veterans, service members, and their families in the communities they call home.

Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) - Supports all military-connected children by educating, advocating, and collaborating to resolve education challenges associated with the military lifestyle.

Military Officers Association of America® (MOAA) - The nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization.

National Military Family Association (NMFA) - On a mission to stand up for, support, and enhance the quality of life for every military family through bold advocacy, innovative programming, and dynamic and responsive solutions.

Our Military Kids - Funds extracurricular activities for military children during a parent's deployment with the National Guard or Reserve or combat injury recovery.

PsychArmor® - Offers critical resources to Americans so they can effectively engage with and support military service members, Veterans, and their families.

RallyPoint - Strives to help all members of the military and Veteran community lead more successful and fulfilling lives.

Sesame Workshop - Helping kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

Student Veterans of America - Acts as a catalyst for student Veteran success by providing resources, network support and advocacy to, through, and beyond higher education.

Team Red, White & Blue - Forges America’s leading health and wellness community for Veterans, service members, and their families. 

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) - National nonprofit that helps ensure our nation’s injured service members, Veterans, and their families return to a homefront ready to support them.

The Independence Fund - Committed to empowering our nation’s catastrophically wounded, injured, or ill Veterans to overcome physical, mental, and emotional wounds incurred in the line of duty. 

The Mission Continues - Connects veterans with under-resourced communities. 

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - Provides comfort, care, and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) - Connects the military community—service members, military spouses, and Veterans—with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce.

Vets’ Community Connections - Connecting Veterans, military, and their families to the San Diego community. 

White Oak Collaborative - Seeks to address the challenges faced by military- and Veteran-connected communities through data-driven, cross-sector collaboration—while applying a whole-of-family lens. The Collaborative seeks to encourage explicit partnerships among its members for direct service and/or policy-level solutions.

Wounded Warrior Project® - DC Office - Provides a variety of Veteran programs and services to help you take the steps that are right for you.