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Thanks to COLA cuts & the threat of commissary closings, the last few months have been tough for military families. We invite you to grab a cup of coffee & spend some time taking the 2014 Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey. Share your thoughts with us – and we will get the word out so our nation can better support military families and ensure a strong national defense. Thank you for your time!


survey 350 x 350              CLICK here to take our survey.

Why? Because in addition to a broad range of multiple choice questions, we want you to suggest programs or policies, elaborate on certain issues and voice specific concerns through a series of open-ended questions.

This is your chance to speak up so policy makers & the community of organizations supporting veterans and military families can work to affect, address and advance the issues this community faces during their service, during their transition and during their post-service lives.




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    usaa        The presenting sponsor for the Military Family Lifestyle Survey is USAA.  

Additional funding provided through the generosity of FacebookJP Morgan Chase, United Healthcare & Points of Light

For this survey, Blue Star Families and the IVMF are honored to have the assistance of the following partner organizations: the American Red Cross, the Armed Forces Services Corp., the Armed Forces YMCA, the Association of the United States Army, Hiring Our Heroes, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America,, the Military Child Education Coalition, Military Officer's Association of America, Military Partner and Family Coalition, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, Military Spouse Magazine, National Military Family Association, Our Military Kids, Points of Light, the Reserve Officers Association, Service Nation, Student Veterans of America, United Service Organizations, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.



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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.