My husband is retired military, his son is in the military and his daughter is married to a military man. They have all experienced long tours away from each other and their extended families.
When I moved to the Fort Leonard Wood area in MIssouri I knew that I wanted to be involved somehow with helping military men, women and families. When I came across the blue star family website I was impressed with all they do and wanted to get involved as a volunteer. I contacted them and met locally with their coordinator Meghan. She is married to a military man and is very excited about all the programs blue star family offered to our military families. Impressed with her compassionate and enthusiasm I knew I wanted to get involved.
I am now Operation Appreciation Coordinator in Missouri. I recieve letter and cards from all over the US and distribute them to our wonderful military families. People from all ages taking the time to sit down, create special cards, write heartwarming letters, braiding friendship bracelets, this has all been very emotional to me and very special. The thank you letters mean so much to a serviceman or women, a spouse of military , a child , a parent , a veteran or a military family. A letter can give hope, share love and make someone feel special.
I feel so happy that I have this opportunity to use my time to thank our military families- I have great respect for them and the sacrifices they give for their country.
My experience with this NPO has been empowering, giving me the chance to do something meaningful for our military families- a chance for me to say thank you in my own way.
I am grateful.....
I've had the pleasure to be a part of the Blue Star Family team for over a year now. I must say that this organization has been so empowering and so helpful not just to me as a military spouse but for military families across the world. Their constant focus and strive for excellence in providing info, resources and assistance for the military community is to be highly commended.
I LOVE BLUE STAR FAMILIES!! They do so much to support Military Families!! They always come up with great ideas, such as their Books For Bases Program and their Museum Events each year. They find unique ways to get the private and public sectors together to support our troops and their families. They work so hard on our behalf and for that I am forever grateful!! I am so proud to be a member of this amazing organization and will continue to support them any way I can! Thanks Blue Star Families for all you do for us!!
I choose to give my time and energy to Blue Star Families because I am continually blown away by the dedication, passion and integrity of the volunteers and the paid staffers. I have never been exposed to any charitable organization more committed to improving people's lives or to doing the absolute most with every dollar they receive. There is literally no limit on what can be accomplished by authentic, hard-working people who believe whole-heartedly in their mission — that's why in a few short years Blue Star Families has become the go-to military support group. I have worked with the Books on Bases program, Operation Appreciation/Honor Cards, the PSAs and helped in other BSF endeavors, as well and have yet to have an experience that I would describe as anything less than glowing.
Blue Star Families continues to surprise me by its unwavering commitment and creativity in supporting military families. I met a member of BSF at a round-table discussion regarding changes to MyCAA about a year ago. We were at Congressman Nye's office sharing how the abrupt changes had impacted military spouses using the benefit. I was immediately impressed by the member and realized that BSF was a strong, realistic and relevant voice for military families. Since then I have volunteered with BSF's Operation Appreciation, attended events BSF supported and have requested BSF representation at military family events I plan. BSF's energy, innovation and dedication continue to win the support of military families who understand the importance of representation and advocacy for military families. BSF promotes resiliency and quality-of-life issues that positively influence the military community.
I have personally seen the stellar support that BSF provides to military families and the impact it makes on the morale of the service members and their loved ones. The Books on Bases Program, which is tailored to encourage education and reading amongst military children, went out of their way to bring the program far from a base to my unit stationed on independent duty. It was reinforced to our unit kids that they are an important part of the military family and that their service too is vital. To know that BSF sees no boundaries, really speaks to the true character of their organization and reveals their true passion in supporting families no matter how far away they are. In addition, the Operation Appreciation program has allowed civilians to serve their troops with a simple thank you that speaks volumes. By allowing people to take pen to paper and share their feelings about what the service of the military means to them, it helps bridge the gap between our civilian and military communities. This organization works 24/7 to be a solid foundation for innovative programming for our community.