Blue Star Families of Central Virginia was formed in
the early spring of 2003 as a result of Operation
Iraqi Freedom. One Army Ranger mom, Joanne Cochran,
had recently moved to Charlottesville, Virginia from
California. Joanne was familiar with a Blue Star
Mothers organization in the Bay Area. Out of her need
for strength and support from other military families
she starting searching for military support groups and
found none in the area. So, she decided to start her
Since that time, our membership has steadily grown to
over 50 families. Our membership includes families
with loved ones serving in the Army, Navy, Marines,
Air Force, Coast Guard, and civilians at National
Ground Intelligence. We conduct monthly casual
meetings with most of our time devoted to sharing
information about our military family member, where
they are, what they're doing, etc. We share what we
have learned about the military such as what to expect
when your son/daughter graduates boot camp, where to
stay, how long you will get to see them, etc. Also,
when our loved one is deployed, we share what we have
learned about sending packages, when to expect a phone
call, how to send mail, etc. On occasion we have guest
speakers addressing issues of concern. We learn so
much and we find tremendous support and understanding
from each other.
Meeting days and times:
6:30 PM third Thursday of each month. For more information please contact the coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on meeting dates and times, please send your name, phone number and email address via email to the coordinator at email@example.com
Who should attend the meetings?
Adults, Children, Parents, Spouses, Family, Friends,
The meetings are open to
all military branches.
Childcare is NOT provided.
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