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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mollie Raymond, Spouse of General John “Jay” W. Raymond, U.S. Space Force
  • General Edward A. Rice, Jr., USAF (Ret)
  • 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?