It's Fri-Yay eve, and we're already planning our weekend adventures to include our local #BlueStarMuseum! Join us in planning and find one close to you like The White Party of 5 did! #linkinprofile
Join us as we pay tribute to the bravery of the more than 1.8 million service members in uniform wounded on the battlefield, and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice that have been presented with the Purple Heart medal. We thank them for selflessly serving to protect our freedom. #PurpleHeart #HonorThem
Happy 229th Birthday to the US Coast Guard! Thank you to all the @coastguardusa members and their families for your service to our nation. #coastguard #coastguardbirthday #HBDCoastGuard
Are you visiting any of our #bluestarmuseums or taking a stroll through one of the amazing #bluestarparks this weekend? If so let us know in the comments below! 📸: @sunshynecm
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva and his wife Ricki Selva saying farewell to Blue Star Families members at his retirement at Joint Base Andrews yesterday. The Selva's have been great supporters and friends of Blue Star Families and we thank them for the great efforts they made for military families.
Thank you to everyone who joined us today at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Baseball Game for Military Appreciation Night! Blue Star Families of Jacksonville wouldn't be possible if it weren't for our amazing partners CSX and Wounded Warrior Project. Through their partnership, we are able to bridge the gap between the civilian and military community! #BSFJacksonville #BSFVip @officialcsx @wwp @jaxshrimp
Last night some of our Blue Star Families of DC attended the Cirque du Soleil VOLTA show! They were wowed with the creativity, skill, precision, and passion. We are thankful that Blue Star Families we’re able to attend the opening night thanks to the team at @cirquedusoleil! 📸: Melissa Meadows + Carole Tucker #VoltabyCirqueDuSoleil #Volta #BSFVip #bsfdc
This week on the blog we covered the #Macysgives and we interviewed MilKid Chef Shamon Hill! Click our blog #linkinbio to read about it all!
Two weeks before the Fazios departed on their #PCSAcrossAmerica adventure, their daughter McKenzie (age 16) was admitted to the hospital for a week. One week into their trip, Joy (mom) got locked in their trailer (with no one around to help!) in 93 degrees Arizona heat. Halfway into their trip, their son Blake (age 11) went to the hospital with severe pain in his leg caused by Toxic Synovitis (inflammation around the hip). They also experienced car problems, parking issues, a lost iPad, staggering emotions, and, of course, throw up. But, outweighing all the bad was good: √ Time together. √ Sightseeing adventures. √ Stops to see family and friends. √ And swimming pools every night! So, yasss, there were struggles, and there were tears. But, the Fazzios made it to Alaska! 🎉🚗 And when asked, “How’d you get through the bumps?” They said, “Laughter, Team Fazio family meetings, faith, forgiveness, and if all else failed… ice cream!” #BlueStarFummer
Halfway through their #PCSAcrossAmerica, the Fazios stopped to see the Grand Canyon for FREE because it’s a Blue Star Park 🙏🏻 And it was AM.AZ.ING! That night at dinner, Michael asked Candace (age 6), “What did we go see today?” at which she yells out, “Candy Land!”🤣 😂 🤣 Time together is the greatest blessing a #MilFam can ask for, and stories like this one will last forever. #BlueStarSummer
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Blue Star Families of Salt Lake City Chapter event at @treehousemuseum in Ogden, Utah! It was a blast! We can’t wait to see everyone again! A huge thank you to our partners @treehousemuseum and @neaarts and our sponsors, @boeing, and @wwp! #BSFSLC
Access to flexible jobs, transferable jobs, in-demand training, custom resources...yes, please! Spouseforce has all of that and more. Create your profile and let us know what you need. Visit the Spouseforce Link in our profile to start! #BSFSpouseForce #MilitarySpouse #MilSpouse #MilSpo
We're teaming up with @Edys® ice cream to make the PCS transition a sweet one for your #MilKid! Enter for a chance to win them a FREE ice cream social in Edy's#linkinprofile #SweepsEntry #BlueStarSummer
11 Blue Star Families members celebrated America last night at the Macys 4th of July Fireworks Show from the Brooklyn Bridge! Thank you @macys for being an awesome host and #BlueStarNeighbor. Our #MilFams had a blast watching the fireworks and performances from major stars like Luke Bryan, Ciara, Khalid, and Maren Morris. It was a night filled with memories they won't soon forget. . . . Want in on fun events like this?! Become a Blue Star Member so we can treat your family to something extra special too. #linkinbio . . . P.S. Visit a Macy's store now through July 18 and donate your spare change, up to 99 cents, to Blue Star Families and @thebunkerlabs. #Macysgives
Blue Star Families New York Chapter Director, Allyson Harasimowicz, joined leadership from @macys today at the New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell Ceremony in honor of July 4th! This year, Macy's is celebrating America with the Macy's Salutes Those Who Serve campaign, a round-up fundraiser benefiting military veterans and their families. Learn more through the link in our profile.
Are you planning your next adventure? If so, check out the new #ParkPassportApp from National Park Trust and Blue Star Families through the #BlueStarParks link in profile! #BuddyBison #NationalParks #BSFMilLife #milspouse #militarylife #armyspouse #navyspouse #usafspouse #uscgspouse #usmcspouse #militaryfamily #milfam #Army #Navy #AirForce #CoastGuard #NationalGuard #MarineCorps #veterans #militarymom
We’re honored to be one of two non-profits @Macys is supporting via The Big Give Back this summer! When you visit a Macy’s store between July 1 - 18, round up your purchase amount and donate your extra change, up to 99¢, to Blue Star Families and @thebunkerlabs. Oh, and to celebrate #Macysgives, we’re hosting a $1,000 giveaway! Enter to win by visiting the #linkinbio.
Today is National #SocialMediaDay! The best part of our social media platforms are you, the ones out there living the #MilitaryLife! We love logging on and seeing all the tags, comments, and joy brought to you by our programs. Stay in the know with data-driven information, and programs (and fun) from #BlueStarFamilies on your favorite platform. #militaryspouse #milspouse #milspo #militaryfamily #milfams #militarylife #militarylife🇺🇸
Yesterday, Kathy Roth-Douquet visited Hawaii as Second Lady Karen Pence addresses military families at Pearl Harbor. The Blue Star Museum program received ongoing support from the Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence. Both First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence serve as honorary co-chairs of our Blue Star Museum Program. For more information about the Second Lady Karen Pence's visit the link in our profile! #bluestarmuseums
Today is #PTSDAwarenessDay. Learn what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is, who it affects, and how it can be treated. You can make a difference when someone is dealing with #PTSD. Follow the link in our profile to the National Center for PTSD. #PTSDAwareness
"Can’t thank this program enough for all the amazing museums my kids have experienced! Richard Nixon’s library & museum this weekend! We all learned so much!" - Australia Herrera Want to be like the Herrera family and visit a Blue Star Museum? Check out the list to find one near you! Visit the link in profile called Blue Star Summers! #BlueStarMuseums #BlueStarSummer
To everyone who took the annual Military Lifestyle Survey... thank you, your voice matters! #BSFSurvey
To date, Spouseforce is tracking the placement of 385 Military Spouses into flexible careers bringing nearly $28 million to their communities! Are you next? Click the Spouseforce link in our profile. #BSFSpouseforce #MilitarySpouse #Milspouse #Milspo
We're getting ready to launch another Blue Star Families Chapter today! What are Chapters? Chapters work to foster meaningful relationships within the community for military families so they can immediately feel plugged in and involved. Our Tennessee Chapter is home to Fort Campbell the 101st Screaming Eagles and so many more military families. Blue Star Families Tennessee Chapter is sponsored by @officialcsx and it will provide a way for our military families to meet their neighbors through BSF programs, unique events, and volunteer opportunities. We connect and work with government officials, service organizations, businesses, civilian neighbors, and local commands so we can ensure military families in Tennessee feel a part of the community and thrive. Are you in the local area? Join them on Facebook — the link is in our profile! #CSXPrideInService #BSFTennessee
A lot can happen in just less than 24 hours. As part of a military family, you’ve experienced that first-hand. Goodbyes and hellos are said, official orders are given, plans are made, and life-long friendships are solidified in 24 hours (and sometimes a lot less than that!) So we’re asking for you to make one thing happen in the next 15 hours: take the #BSFSurvey. Tell us your story as someone affiliated with the military. Tell us and help make life better for military families. You can do that in 15 hours. We need you. Take the Survey now through the link in our profile!
The face you make when you realize that as an active duty military family you have free admission to participating @neaarts museums this summer. #bluestarmuseums
This is the last week for those who are affiliated with the military community (including veterans and retired members) to complete the #BSFSurvey. Your impact goes far beyond the time you spend completing the survey. Your experience as a member of the military community will help to tell the story of America’s service members and their families. Take the survey through the link in our profile!
To the Father's who are near and far from your children today, Happy Father's Day! Thank you for all that you do for your family and our country. #FathersDay #FathersDay2019
Thank you for participating in our photo challenge this week! We are so glad that you shared a little bit of your life with us. Now, make sure that you share your military life experiences by taking the #BSFSurvey. The results of the #BSFSurvey are used at the highest levels of government and the private sector to help inform meaningful policy that affects the military community. Add your voice. Direct link to the survey is in our bio. . . #BSFMilLife #BSFSurvey #milspouse #militarylife #armyspouse #navyspouse #usafspouse #uscgspouse #usmcspouse #militaryfamily #milfam #Army #Navy #AirForce #CoastGuard #NationalGuard #MarineCorps #veterans #militarymom #militarydad #leadership #government #congress #deployment #pcs #photochallenge #militaryspouse #milso
Whether it’s homecoming or traveling the world, meeting new people or educational benefits, there are so many reasons military families love this life. Share one of your reasons by taking a picture and sharing it on Instagram with #BSFMillife and #BSFSurvey. If you haven’t yet, make sure that you add your voice and experiences to the #BSFSurvey, which is taking responses until May 25. By sharing what you love (and don’t love) about military life, you’ll be helping those who make decisions and create policy to keep military families at the forefront of their decision-making. Direct link to the survey is in our bio. . . . #BSFMilLife #BSFSurvey #milspouse #militarylife #armyspouse #navyspouse #usafspouse #uscgspouse #usmcspouse #militaryfamily #milfam #Army #Navy #AirForce #CoastGuard #NationalGuard #MarineCorps #veterans #militarymom #militarydad #leadership #government #congress #deployment #pcs #photochallenge #militaryspouse
Each active duty member, and military family can face different wins and struggles. The list to why those wins and struggles happen could go on and on — it could be local area, different installation tempo, local leadership...there are many factors. Typically, when we face struggle within our #militarylife we feel like those things will never change or that “it’s just how it is” — and here at Blue Star Families we feel that change can (and will) happen. But here’s the thing, we don’t know your wins or your struggles unless you tell us! That is why we want to hear your voice in our annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. We will take what you say and make your voice heard and work to help make a difference in our military community. If you haven’t taken our #BSFSurvey yet, do so now and make an impact in your military life! Link in profile
A huge thank you to our partners at @Starbucks for helping us celebrate more than 1100 military spouses last month for Military Spouse Appreciation Month! Interested in helping us host great events like these? Comment below!
On Tue. June 4, several @sleepnumber Volunteers gathered to pack up and ship out 100 Sleep Kits to #milkids across the country as part of their social commitment to improve the lives of one million youth through better sleep! You may recall, we teamed up with them in May for Military Appreciation Month via the #GoodNightMilKid Sweepstakes. And, we're excited to report that the lucky winners will be receiving their special delivery soon! 🙏 Thank you Sleep Number for being an awesome #BlueStarNeighbor!
Until June 14, those who are affiliated with the military community (including veterans and retired members) are encouraged to complete the #BSFSurvey. The impact of your voice goes far beyond the time you spend completing the survey. Your voice as a member of the military community will help to tell the story of America’s service members and their families. And don’t forget 100 survey respondents will walk away with a $100 gift card! To take the survey, click the link in our profile! Know someone who doesn’t know about Blue Star Families or our annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey? Tag them below!
"Never was so much owed by so many to so few" - Winston Churchill #dday
We’re down the last two weeks and we need you! Stand up for active duty military and their families! The #BSFSurvey shows leaders and decision makers what real military families are experiencing. But we can’t do it without you! Take the Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey now ➝ link in profile
All hands on deck! We're hosting a #BSFSurvey Blue Out on June 4 and June 9 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST. We are asking that everyone connected to the military community take the image above and make it their profile photo at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST to urge people to take the Military Family Lifestyle Survey! We've only got until June 14th and we need to hear each of your voices. Don't know what to say? You can use this: "The 2019 Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey is now live until June 14, 2019! If you are connected to the Military go take the #BSFSurvey and make your voice heard! https://bluestarfam.org/survey
What are you up to this weekend? Any of you checking out one of the awesome #BlueStarMuseums this weekend? If so, tag us in your adventure!
Are you planning your next weekend adventure? If so, check out the new #ParkPassportApp from @NationalParkTrust and Blue Star Families! More details through our link in bio! #BuddyBison #NationalParks #BlueStarParks #BSFMilLife #milspouse #militarylife #armyspouse #navyspouse #usafspouse #uscgspouse #usmcspouse #militaryfamily #milfam #Army #Navy #AirForce #CoastGuard #NationalGuard #MarineCorps #veterans #militarymom
Want to stand up for military families? The #BSFSurvey shows leaders and decision makers what real military families are experiencing. But we can’t do it without you! Take the Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey now through the #BSFSurvey Link in Profile
May we never forget the legacy of those who sacrificed everything for our freedom.
We're joining @USAA and showing #HonorThroughAction on Memorial Day by dedicating a poppy to remember the fallen. Join us in dedicating a poppy in memory of those who've given the ultimate sacrifice through the Poppy In Memory link in our profile.
Our CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet was at the White House last week with American Corporate Partners (ACP) and organizations to make progress to solve #militaryspouse employment and underemployment. You can help! Create your Spouseforce profile through the link in our profile today.
Calling all park lovers! @nationalparktrust and Blue Star Families have created an all-in-one tool for members of the military to create lasting family memories in the great outdoors with their ParkPassport app! First 20,000 users to download the app will get a free Buddy Bison! More details on our site [LINK IN BIO] #BuddyBison #NationalParks #BlueStarParks #BSFMilLife #milspouse #militarylife #armyspouse #navyspouse #usafspouse #uscgspouse #usmcspouse #militaryfamily #milfam #Army #Navy #AirForce #CoastGuard #NationalGuard #MarineCorps #veterans #militarymom
Need a day or night out? Looking to find new resources in your neighborhood? Are you ready to step out of your box and make some new friends and connections? Well, then #MilSpouseFest is for you. @MilSpouseFest is headed to Norfolk. On June 12th MSF will be hosting 2 amazing FREE events for ALL military spouses. Team #MilSpouseFest has developed a day that provides fun activities and conversation about #milspouselife. There will be some killer prizes for attendees. We’re talking gift cards and other awesome giveaways from #veteran and #milspouse owned businesses. Come alone or grab a friend. Why not sign up today? RSVP for your FREE ticket through the link in our profile! #whynottoday #milspouse #milspouselife #military #milspousesrock #militarylife #freelunch #prizes #free #networking #newfriends #funandgames #resources #learning #snacks #adayout #treatyourself
This week Blue Star Families came together in Washington D.C. to host our Blue Star Neighbors Celebration. Which is our annual celebration of the spirit of America – the kindness of military supporters across the country and their impact on the military family community. We were honored to present the Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award to Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, our 2019 Blue Star Neighbor Award to Susan Masser, and our Corporate Neighbor Award to The Walt Disney Company. To find out more about our Celebration click #BSFCelebration or visit our website!
Speak your truth about your military life! Take the #BSFSurvey now! What is the survey all about? The Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey analyzes trends related to major shifts in military life issues and helps local and national government leaders better understand the realities military, veteran, and National Guard/Reserve families face. Make your voice heard! Through clicking the #BSFSurvey link in our profile.