Raising Awareness about PTSD: A Resource Guide

Healthcare services for retired military are strained. State-level Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are working to rebuild their reputation after the 2014 allegations of widespread patient neglect and long wait times. The responsibility private medical providers have toward veterans is clear — one-third of VA hospitals and clinics report inadequate mental health staff and patients wait an average of eight weeks to see a VA counselor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even before the VA scandal, over half of returning veterans sought primary care outside of the VA system at private medical facilities.

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10686763_865082356856065_2292067151772178453_nRhode Island Blue Star Mom’s participate in Operation Holiday Cheer, an annual event to send care packages to our troops away from home during the holidays.

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Letter to All Blue Star Mom’s

Dear Blue Star Mom’s – Past, Present and Future

We want to continue our growth as an organization.  Not only in membership but also in our combined experiences so we can continue to help each other through the ups and downs of our children’s honorable career choice.

We didn’t just send our children to college, or help them pack for their new apartment for a new job in a new city.

We helped our children prepare to serve our great Nation as a member of our honorable Military branches.

We have burst into tears in the grocery store because our child’s favorite snack is on sale, when a song comes on the radio, National News broadcasts and especially when the National Anthem is played.

Together we bow our heads and pray for the safety of all our military in foreign lands, we have shed tears for a fallen soldier we don’t know and for the Gold Star families left behind.

Together we have helped each other survive and celebrate the major milestones of our childrens lives. From leaving for basic training, deployments, how to handle the changes in our children when they come back from deployment, marriages, divorces, moves across the country and the world and births of grandchildren.  We understand the real definition of anxiety!!

We are lucky that we have a wide aray of membership.  We have Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Air Force, Marines, Army & Navy moms.

We are not here just for the deployments or bad times.  We are only as strong as the COMBINED experiences of our moms.  We continue to learn from each others viewpoints and experiences

We are a family.  We have our differences of opinion, personality and agendas but we are still a family!  We understand the feelings that sometimes can’t be spoken, we understand the power of a hug or a smile or a quick text.

If you can’t attend a meeting please contribute via email or we can have people phone in and use speakerphone.  Everyone has something to contribute

We need our past and present members to be active in the RI Blue Star Moms so we can continue to provide support for current and future moms!

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting which will be at 6 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Beacon Mutual Insurance Company located at One Beacon Centre, Warwick


Cindy, Rennie, Rhonda, Ellen & Ann

2014-15 RI Blue Star Moms Officers



Blue Star Mothers now part of the CFC!

Blue Star Mothers now part of the CFC!

CFC logoIf you are a federal employee, postal worker or member of the U.S. military, please consider donating to us through your Combined Federal Campaign.

Our CFC Number is 97404.


Courage After Fire

Courage After FireCourage after Fire for Parents of Service Members is the book discussed at this year’s Annual Convention. The book provides a compassionate and accessible guide for the parents or guardians of returning troops. This groundbreaking book acknowledges the significant contribution and sacrifice parents have made for their military children, provides strategies and resources that will assist them in understanding and supporting their son or daughter, and will validate their own personal experiences. Recommendations for helping them care for their returning service member are woven throughout the book, as well as education about the importance of taking care of themselves to help prevent caregiver burnout. Even in the best of circumstances, parents play an instrumental role in helping their sons and daughters successfully reintegrate after deployment. This book is a valuable resource for any parent who is seeking to better understand and support a returning military child while caring for themselves.

You can order a copy of Courage After Fire for the Parents of Service Members at a 35% discount by clicking on the link below. To receive the discount, simply enter the code provided on the landing page of the link upon check-out.

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