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USA Cares teams with Blue Star Mothers and Blue Star Families to assist troops

The Operation Blue Star kit bag

Forging a relationship with Blue Star Mothers speaks directly to our mission of raising awareness of USA Cares and the assistance we provide to service members and their families.

USA Cares has partnered with Blue Star Mothers of America and Blue Star Families to form Operation Blue Star. The partnership will provide “Blue Star kits” to deploying service members’ mothers and spouses, reminding them they are not alone as well as informing them about the many organizations such as USA Cares, who are there to assist should the need arise.

The “kit” is in the form of a bright red tote with the Blue Star banner on the front and the names and web addresses of the three organizations on the back. Inside the tote is information about each organization. A Blue Star pin and other items will be included as well.

Blue Star Mothers represents mothers, foster mothers, stepmothers and grandmothers who have a son or daughter who is serving or has served, and honorably discharged, in any branch of US military service. The group was founded in 1942 and was chartered by Congress in 1960.

Blue Star Mothers are highly recognized among America’s military community with 219 chapters representing 10,000 members across the US. USA Cares will work directly with Blue Star’s network of volunteer members to distribute helpful information to spouses and family of deploying service members. USA Cares Founder and Outreach Director, Roger Stradley remarked, “Forging a relationship with Blue Star Mothers speaks directly to our mission of raising awareness of USA Cares and the assistance we provide to service members and their families.” Stradley, a Blue Star Father himself, had the opportunity to address the Blue Star Mothers on behalf of USA Cares at their annual convention held in August. When a partnership was proposed, it was passed at the gathering by what Blue Star Mothers President Wendy Hoffman referred to as an “overwhelming majority”. She went on to say in a post-convention address that the partnership is a compliment to their organization that represents a wonderful opportunity.

Blue Star Families began in 2008 with explosive growth. With over 70 chapters across the United States, it has done extensive work with a comprehensive Military Families Top Issues Survey and has briefed First Lady Michelle Obama, who uses much of the information in her support of military families. In addition, it heads the Obama administration’s efforts through the Summer of Service program and was selected to lead the ServiceNation coalition working group on military families and non-profit partnerships.

If you would like to support this effort of outreach to our newest moms and spouses of deploying spouses, it is as easy as texting USA to 50555 and responding with “YES”. A onetime charge to your cell phone bill of $5 will be added and the donation will be sent to USA Cares for the exclusive use of Operation Blue Star. Standard text message charges may apply. For more information about donating using your cell phone, visit http://www.mgive.com .

If you would rather donate to this cause on line at http://usacares.org or by check, please add “Operation Blue Star” to the remarks on the web or on your check.

About USA Cares
USA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post-9/11 military and their families with basic needs, assists veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families and works to prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions. In seven years, USA Cares has received over 24,000 requests and responded with more than $7 million in grants. Military families anywhere in America can apply for assistance through the USA Cares web site, http://www.usacares.org/ or by calling 1-800-773-0387. For more information on USA Cares contact John Revell, jrevell(at)usacares(dot)org or call (270) 352-5451.

USA Cares has partnered with Blue Star Mothers of America and Blue Star Families to form Operation Blue Star. The partnership will provide “Blue Star kits” to deploying service members’ mothers and spouses, reminding them they are not alone as well as informing them about the many organizations such as USA Cares, who are there to assist should the need arise.

The “kit” is in the form of a bright red tote with the Blue Star banner on the front and the names and web addresses of the three organizations on the back. Inside the tote is information about each organization. A Blue Star pin and other items will be included as well.

Blue Star Mothers represents mothers, foster mothers, stepmothers and grandmothers who have a son or daughter who is serving or has served, and honorably discharged, in any branch of US military service. The group was founded in 1942 and was chartered by Congress in 1960.

Blue Star Mothers are highly recognized among America’s military community with 219 chapters representing 10,000 members across the US. USA Cares will work directly with Blue Star’s network of volunteer members to distribute helpful information to spouses and family of deploying service members. USA Cares Founder and Outreach Director, Roger Stradley remarked, “Forging a relationship with Blue Star Mothers speaks directly to our mission of raising awareness of USA Cares and the assistance we provide to service members and their families.” Stradley, a Blue Star Father himself, had the opportunity to address the Blue Star Mothers on behalf of USA Cares at their annual convention held in August. When a partnership was proposed, it was passed at the gathering by what Blue Star Mothers President Wendy Hoffman referred to as an “overwhelming majority”. She went on to say in a post-convention address that the partnership is a compliment to their organization that represents a wonderful opportunity.

Blue Star Families began in 2008 with explosive growth. With over 70 chapters across the United States, it has done extensive work with a comprehensive Military Families Top Issues Survey and has briefed First Lady Michelle Obama, who uses much of the information in her support of military families. In addition, it heads the Obama administration’s efforts through the Summer of Service program and was selected to lead the ServiceNation coalition working group on military families and non-profit partnerships.

If you would like to support this effort of outreach to our newest moms and spouses of deploying spouses, it is as easy as texting USA to 50555 and responding with “YES”. A onetime charge to your cell phone bill of $5 will be added and the donation will be sent to USA Cares for the exclusive use of Operation Blue Star. Standard text message charges may apply. For more information about donating using your cell phone, visit http://www.mgive.com .

If you would rather donate to this cause on line at http://usacares.org or by check, please add “Operation Blue Star” to the remarks on the web or on your check.

About USA Cares
USA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post-9/11 military and their families with basic needs, assists veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families and works to prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions. In seven years, USA Cares has received over 24,000 requests and responded with more than $7 million in grants. Military families anywhere in America can apply for assistance through the USA Cares web site, http://www.usacares.org/ or by calling 1-800-773-0387. For more information on USA Cares contact John Revell, jrevell(at)usacares(dot)org or call (270) 352-5451.

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