Support Community

Military- and Veteran-connected families are in our communities and need our support! Are you interested in championing future Blue Star Families initiatives? We would love to welcome you.

We have many ways you can get involved with supporting our initiatives—sponsors, in-kind sponsors, co-chairs, committee members, public supporters, sharers of information, and volunteers.

No gift or effort is too small when it comes to helping connect our military and Veteran families to the communities where they live and serve. Together, each of us comes together with what we have to offer, creating a wave of positivity that reaches all of our borders and beyond.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has shown support for Blue Star Welcome Week! You have made a difference.

Military Connected Families


Meet your Blue Star Welcome Week co-chairs. Thanks to the support from these leaders in our community, we can further the mission of Blue Star Welcome Week. We appreciate their dedication to helping military and Veteran families find a sense of belonging in their communities!


General Joseph Dunford

Honorary Co-Chair, Blue Star Welcome Week

U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Ellyn Dunford

Honorary Co-Chair, Blue Star Welcome Week

Military Family Advocate

Craig Newmark

Honorary Co-Chair, Blue Star Welcome Week

Founder, Craigslist and Craig Connects

Board Member Emeritus, Blue Star Families

Interested in joining these leaders to represent your business or organization as a co-chair of Blue Star Families' initiatives?

Honorary Committee

Our honorary committee members lend their names and significant influence to champion the cause of Blue Star Welcome Week and generate event awareness in support of military and Veteran families.

  • Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham, U.S. Army (ret)
  • Major General Charles Bolden, USMC (ret), and Mrs. Jackie Bolden
  • The Honorable Kenneth Braithwaite
  • General Vincent K. Brooks, US Army (Ret), and Spouse, Dr. Carol P. Brooks, DSc
  • Senator Richard Burr
  • General George W. Casey, Jr., USA (Ret.), and Mrs. Sheila Casey, Board Chair, Blue Star Families
  • Richard Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy
  • Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • 27th Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and Mrs. Leah Esper
  • The Honorable Eric Fanning and Ben Masri-Cohen
  • General David L. Goldfein, USAF (Ret) and Mrs. Dawn Goldfein
  • Former National Security Advisor to President Obama James L. Jones
  • The Honorable William J Lynn III and Mary Murphy 
  • Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy and Mrs. Jennifer McCarthy
  • Kari McDonough, Senior Advisor-Welcome Fund, Welcome.US
  • Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army (ret), and Mrs. Kathleen McMaster
  • Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Alford L. McMichael, USMC (Ret)
  • Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
  • Brigadier General Michael Meese, President, AAFMAA, and Mrs. Ramona Meese
  • The Honorable Leon Panetta
  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vincent W. Patton III, USCG (Ret)
  • Mrs. Krysti Pereira, Spouse of Command Master Chief for Deputy Commandant of Mission Support Jahmal Pereira
  • The Honorable Whit Peters and Mrs. Kathleen M. Peters
  • General Edward A. Rice, Jr., USAF (Ret)
  • Mollie Raymond, Spouse of General John “Jay” W. Raymond, U.S. Space Force
  • ADM John Richardson, USN (Ret) 31st Chief of Naval Operations
  • Command Sergeant Major James Sims, U.S. Army (ret)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Smith
  • General Larry O. Spencer, USAF (Ret)
  • Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, U.S. Senator for the State of Georgia
  • The Honorable Robert Wilkie
  • Bob Woodruff, ABC News Reporter, Co-Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • Lee Woodruff, Speaker, Author, Executive Media Trainer Co-Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • Admiral Paul Zukunft, U.S. Coast Guard (ret), and Ms. Fran DeNinno

Would you like to nominate an extraordinary individual who is passionate about helping military and Veteran families feel a sense of belonging in their communities?

Partner Organizations

A special thanks to organizations who have joined Blue Star Welcome Week as partners. These organizations stand alongside Blue Star Families in supporting our military families as they transition to new communities.

9|11 Memorial & Museum
Arts in the Armed Forces
Boy Scouts of America
Bright Minds Foundation
Cardz For Kidz
Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago White Sox Charities
Cincinnati Compass
Clear Path for Veterans
Community Building Artworks
DAR Patriot Project
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc/Women Veterans of America
Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park
Healthy Little Cooks
Howard County Veterans Foundation
Intrepid Museum

Lifeline Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc.
Maryland Gold Star Mothers
My Discovery Destination!
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
New Children’s Museum
Reveille Grounds
Rotary Readers
Serving Together
SLC VA Suicide Prevention Team
Strategic Council on Higher Education (SOCHE)
Tower Cares Foundation
United Way of Dayton 211 | Vetslink
USS Constitution Museum
Vet 2 Vet of Westchester
The Veterans Collaborative


Meet the elected officials who have declared September 24 through October 2, 2022 as Blue Star Welcome Week. These leaders see and recognize the challenges military and Veteran families face, and they encourage their constituents to support the mission.

Chesapeake, VA Mayor Richard W. West
Chicago, IL Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Cincinnati, OH Chief of Staff, Keizayla Fambro
Clarkville, TN Mayor Joe Pitts
Jacksonville, FL Mayor Lenny Curry
Norfolk, VA Mayor Kenny Alexander
Portsmouth, VA Mayor Shannon Glover
Staten Island, NY Borough President, Vito Fossella
Virginia Beach, VA Mayor Bobby Dyer
Hopkinsville, KY Mayor Wendell Lynch
Newport News, VA Mayor McKinley Price
San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher
Queens, NY Borough President, Donovan Richards, Jr.
Baltimore, MD Mayor Brandon Scott
Oceanside, CA Mayor Esther Sanchez
San Diego, CA Mayor Todd Gloria
Brooklyn, NY Borough President Antonio Reynoso
Howard County, MD County Executive Calvin Ball
San Antonio, TX Mayor Ron Nirenburg
Tampa, FL Mayor Jane Castor

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster
Utah Governor Spencer Cox
Ohio Governor Mike Dewine
Hawaii Governor David Ige
Colorado Governor Jared Polis
Washington Governor Jay Inslee
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

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