Uncertainty that surrounds the military lifestyle

By signing a proclamation each year, the president declares November Military Family Month. The month serves as a way to show gratitude to the nation’s military service members and their families for their sacrifices. “During Military Family Month, we pay tribute to and thank our military families for their service to our country, and we recognize the extraordinary ways in which they give of themselves for us all,” President Obama said in this year’s proclamation.

This month’s In Focus series will highlight efforts by those connected to the military community to bring awareness and solutions to the challenges military families face.




Kathy Roth DouquetKathy Roth-Douquet
CEO and President
Blue Star Families

Kathy Roth-Douquet is an advocate for the role of the military in civil society; she is an author, nonprofit leader, attorney, and former government official.  Kathy has prior service in the White House and Department of Defense, where she was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.  Currently she is CEO of Blue Star Families, which serves 1.5 active duty, guard and reserve members and their families.  Kathy is a commentator on patriotism, civil-military affairs, the value of service, and the experience of military families.  She has appeared on the Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, NPR, she has been a frequent contributor to USA Today, and is a frequent public speaker.  She is an author, most notably of “AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes From Military Service and How it Hurts Our Country” (Collins, 2006).  She is also a practicing attorney.  She is a military spouse of 18 years, four deployments, and 9 moves.  She lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia.

Blue Star Families strengthens military families and our nation by connecting communities and fostering leadership to millions of people.  As the largest Chapter-based nonprofit organization serving active duty service members, Guard and Reserve, wounded and transitioning veterans and their families they have approximately 100,000 members and 46 chapters around the globe.  Blue Star Families delivers proven, popular programs and resources to meet the unique challenges of military service in partnership with the larger civilian population.