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2010 Annual Report Final

2010 Annual Report Final

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Blue Star Families' 2010 Annual Report
Blue Star Families' 2010 Annual Report

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2010 Annual Report 
Dear Friends,2010 marked the first full year of Blue Star Families’ non-profitoperation. It followed a year of incredible dedication by a fewhandful of people who worked with extraordinary energy anddedication, without pay, to create this platform - BSF - wheremilitary family members and their supporters could work directlyto address the challenges that face our community during thisperiod of long war. 2010 was an exciting and hopeful year, whereour core ideas took flight: that family members around the countrycould make a difference; and that when we reach out to the largercommunity, we can form powerful partnerships that make adifference. The highlights of these programs are detailed in thepages that follow. Key among them are our annual survey,launched in 2009, now in 2010 released in Congress for a second year, and our exciting andpowerful partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the museum community,providing access and connection between the military and the arts and culture community. Alsokey is our Books on Bases program - also in its second year - reflecting the awareness that literacyenhances resiliency. These programs will bear further fruit, we know, in the years ahead.Thank you for taking the time to look through this 2010 annual report of Blue Star Families. Webelieve that strong ties between the military community, military families, and the Americans weserve make us stronger and make the country stronger. To those who support us, and to all whoserve, in all the ways there are to serve, we say thank you.Kathy Roth-DouquetChairman of the Board
Our Story...Is Military FamiliesSupporting Each Other
Blue Star Families was formed in Decemberof 2008 by a group of military spouses toraise the awareness of the challenges of military family life within our civiliancommunities and leaders. BSF has grown toinclude spouses and families from allservices and all walks of life, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans and civilians who strongly supportus.There are currently millions of active duty,Reserve and National Guard servicemembers serving our country. Each of themleaves behind a family when they deploy – a family that participates in the service member’ssacrifice but is often overlooked by government and civilian organizations. And because we inmilitary service make up only one percent of the country’s total population, most Americans donot have first-hand knowledge of the military experience.
Our Mission...Is to Support, Connect andEmpower Military Families
Blue Star Families is a nonprofit organization passionatelydedicated to helping military families across America. Ourmission is simple: to support, empower and connect militaryfamilies to each other, to their communities and to peoplein power. To do so, we work directly with the Departmentof Defense and senior members of our local, state andfederal governments - including the Senate, Congress andthe White House - to bring military families’ mostimportant issues to light. Blue Star Families also works withother nonprofits and community advocates to develop andoffer programs that help military families; from children’sliteracy and entertainment initiatives to programs that helpcommunicate the public’s often-unexpressed appreciationfor everything military families do every day.
[Photo courtesy of Stephanie Himel-Nelson.]
[Photo courtesy of Casey Spurr.] 

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