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Cognitive Psychology Helps Explain Our Post-Factual Presidential Campaign

David Ropeik | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
David Ropeik

It was a but a blip in the raucous carnival that the Presidential campaign has been, a flash-in-the-pan moment instantly overshadowed by more headline...

FAIL: N.C. GOP Mocks Tim Kaine For Pin Honoring His Son

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics

UPDATE: The North Carolina Republican Party has apologized to Sen. Tim Kaine and his family. Originally report follows: Careful with that Twitter fin...

Kind Gesture for Military Family Leads to Blue Star Families Neighbor Award

Karen Hart | Posted 04.07.2016 | Good News
Karen Hart

The Blue Star Families Neighbor award is one of the many ways the nonprofit, comprised of military spouses, is working to close the divide between the military and civilian community. It's the group's way of thanking members of the nonmilitary community for their friendship and support.

Warrior Writers at Wilma's Theater's Veterans on Stage

Lew Whittington | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Paula Vogel's Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq continues its month long premiere run at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia through April 22 coinciding wit...

Hello, Dolly!

Molly Blake | Posted 05.24.2014 | Arts
Molly Blake

I can still remember my signature line from Hello, Dolly!. "I'm not too young! I'm 17, and in another year I'll be an old maid," I whined. Nailed...

The Budget Passed: How Military Families Can Take the High Road

Molly Blake | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Molly Blake

military families and service members are famous for overcoming challenges, doing more with less, running in boots with packs on, moving to unfamiliar towns, being told to deploy on a moment's notice. Lead by example yet again, fellow military families.

SEALs, Ninjas and a 6-year-old Boy's Quest for Answers

Molly Blake | Posted 12.07.2013 | Good News
Molly Blake

He sharpened his SpongeBob pencil and carefully penned the following letter: "Dear Admiral McRaven, When I grow up, I want to be a SEAL too but can you tell me who is quieter -- SEALs or Ninjas? Also how long can you hold your breath for? v/r Walker Greentree."

An Open Letter to CNN Reporter Barbara Starr

Molly Blake | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Molly Blake

There is no such thing as a person-less war. Our military cannot afford for Americans to forget that wars and battles and military strikes are fought by troops, that troops are people, and that those people have families.

Military Spouse Unemployment Backgrounder: Defining the Problem

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Like lots of American families, lots of military families need two earners for financial stability and to achieve their families goals. The crises of spouse unemployment really undermines our population

The Mission Rolls On...

K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo

Happy New Year takes a bold look at the ugly issue of veteran suicide that is affecting so many of our warriors today. When we began this project, the statistic for veteran suicides was 18 per day. As of February of this year, the number has risen to 22 per day. We can no longer ignore it.

Those Little Red Squares

Molly Blake | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Molly Blake

I know some of my friends are against gay marriage. And if I'm for it then do I have to put up the little red square or some version of it? If I'm for the repeal of DOMA, do I announce it to all? Is Facebook the platform for sharing my political leanings?

Blue Star Spouse Networks Launch

Molly Blake | Posted 03.10.2013 | Impact
Molly Blake

Why not use our powerful community to share resources for career fields popular with military spouses? Introducing Blue Star Spouse Networks.

What It's Really Like to Be an Military Spouse

Molly Blake | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact
Molly Blake

Should military spouses come up with a new resume format that distinguishes us, not for our geographic challenges, but for the skills that truly define us?

11 Years After 9/11 - It's time to Choose Trust Over Fear

Christine Pelosi | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It's time. After 11 long years it's time for us to return to where we were in those first few moments after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and choose t...

Making Volunteering Work for Military Spouses

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Military spouses frequently face challenges in maintaining a career. Constant moves, deployments, and the military lifestyle have resulted in high une...

Does the COW Still Moo?

Molly Blake | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Molly Blake

The Commanding Officer's Wife means I officially have no position. I make no money. I am not on any letterhead nor am I included on matters of policy or leadership. But I do have a job. The Marine Corps gets my husband and their families get me. That's how it goes in the upper ranks of military life.

Max J. Rosenthal

Discouraging News For Troops With PTSD | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Blue Star Families, an advocacy group for military family members, released a report Wednesday that says a high percentage of service me...

Facebook Launches Crisis Services Tool For Military Families

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 05.09.2012 | Technology

Facebook has launched yet another service to help those in need, this time for military members, veterans and families suffering from the mental and e...

How I Got My Groove Back

Molly Blake | Posted 06.19.2012 | Impact
Molly Blake

Particularly during this hum-drum economy, having glaring gaps in a resume is foolish, especially when volunteer opportunities are abundant. And I'm not alone in the belief that true volunteer work in your chosen profession is worth mentioning.

Honoring Women Veterans

Marlo Thomas | Posted 01.11.2012 | Women
Marlo Thomas

If your image of a troubled veteran is a homeless man, you're half-right. Yes, he needs your help. But so does his military sister.

Serving Those Who Served: Veteran's Day Ideas For Volunteering And Donating

Posted 06.21.2012 | Impact

Build A Home The Fischer House Foundation builds homes for family members on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The program servic...

Will And Kate To Focus On Charity For Kids, Military During U.S. Trip

Posted 09.04.2011 | Impact

Prince William and Catherine are anything but ivory tower charitable givers. During their U.S. visit, the couple will be boots-on-the-ground volunteer...

Free Museum Entry For Active Service Members

Posted 07.24.2011 | Arts

The Big Apple and other cities are about to get a lot sweeter for active service members and their families. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, museums a...

Animated Jason Segel and Jack Black Star In Christmas Charity Video

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Funnymen Jason Segel and Jack Black have joined comic forces to help military families this holiday season, reports US Weekly. According to US: The ...

Google Helps Military Families Stay In Touch With Free Holiday Calling Cards

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Google has teamed up with Blue Star Families and Sesame Street to offer a $10 calling credit to help military families connect during this holiday sea...