Information has long been mankind’s greatest asset. From our prehistoric ancestors knowing where the find food to our neighbor knowing where to score the best deal on a computer, knowledge has been the cornerstone of living a better life. Rarely handed to us, the best information comes through study and research. The same holds true when it comes to making a better life for military and veteran families. Blue Star Families takes that idea a step further by connecting the research and data they collect to programs and solutions to help military and veteran families thrive.
Few would argue that when it comes to selfless service, dedication, and sacrifice, no one can hold a torch to our service members. Not far behind them, fulfilling the same triad of purpose are military spouses. Despite the inclination to think of life within the military community as entirely noble and rewarding, career and life choices made while supporting a service member’s career can often leave military spouses with feelings of despondency and regret. Dr.
When it came to advertising a hundred years ago, a business owner need only worry about a distinct brand image to set him apart from his competitors, a clear storefront sign to indicate what his business provided, and the occasional ad in the daily paper. Fast forward to 2016 and modern business owners must add a website, brochures, business cards, and social media engagement. Branding and awareness has been taken to a whole other level.
On average, military families move every two to three years. One of the biggest stressors when it comes time to PCS is finding the next right place to call home. Decisions about living on-post vs off-post, renting vs. buying must be made. And if the decision is made to invest in a new home at a new duty station, service members and their families often struggle to find the best way to evaluate schools and neighborhoods. They wonder about commute times and crime rates.
According to the American Association of School Administrators, there are currently 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide. And nearly 80% of military children attend public schools, despite moving three times as often as their civilian counterparts. Transitions from one school to the next can often create both social and academic challenges, including drastic changes in curriculum.
Less than five miles north of downtown Albany, GA is the sprawling 700-acre campus of Chehaw Park, and contained within the park is one of Georgia’s two fully accredited zoos. The park hosts nearly 100,00 visitors each year and working to make sure those visitors get the most out of their visit is Navy Veteran and spouse, Tara Glenn. Glenn works as the Chehaw Park Member Ambassador.
More than 40 Years of Conservation, Education, & Preservation
Physical fitness and mental resiliency are fundamental parts of a successful military career. Each military branch provides programs and training ensure military service members remain mission ready. But too often the priority of physical and mental wellness falls to the wayside for military spouses trying to juggle all of the responsibilities their role entails.
Five military spouses and their fitness and wellness nonprofit, InDependent, are on a mission to change that.
In the past sixteen years more nearly 350,000 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and anywhere from 11- 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from depression and/or PTSD. These numbers are both staggering and heartbreaking. Treatment is often a lifelong process. One emerging method to help returning service members cope and overcome the challenges presented when returning home with these injuries is art therapy.
One of the hardest parts of transitioning in or out of the military or PCSing to a new location is figuring out what’s next, especially when it comes to a career. The whole process can be like trying to scale Mt Everest in the dark in the middle of winter. But two sister nonprofits, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) and sister nonprofit Corporate America Supports You (CASY), are serving as beacons of light for service members and spouses looking to find gainful employment.
From Frustration to Founding
As members or the military community, most of us know all too well what it’s like to miss out on celebrating holidays and birthdays with friends and family. Whether it’s a deployment or remote station, or simply the unrelenting demands of a critical mission, if we had a dollar for every missed celebration, we could buy ourselves an island.
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