Stars, Stripes, and Snowflakes Holiday Party


Blue Star Families invites you to attend
the Stars, Stripes, and Snowflakes Holiday Party!

Sunday, December 4, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Spates Community Club
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
214 McNair Road, Bldg. 407
Fort Myer, VA

Stars, Stripes, and Snowflakes is a special time for us to recognize and celebrate our military families with a special visit with Santa, activities for the whole family, raffle prizes for the adults, and gifts for the children.

This event is for Wounded Warriors and service members
(E-6 and below) and their family members.

We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you!


This event is brought to you by Blue Star Families and is one of the numerous benefits you receive as a member. Please use the forward option below to share with anyone you know that would enjoy these benefits as well. 


8th Annual Tribute to America’s Veterans Concert

The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs is in collaboration with the Silver Spring Towne Center in sponsoring this event.  Once again this year, the Walter Reed Society is significantly supporting this event. We hope that there will be a great turnout.  Please see in email below more information about the event.  Morton Davis, Korean War Veteran will be keynote speaker.  There will be a tribute in memory of Fred Cherry, POW, Vietnam War.

Join us for the 8th Annual Tribute to America’s Veterans Concert Thursday, November 10th at 6pm in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building. Along with saluting our Vets, this year’s event celebrates music and dance of the Korean War Era. You will not want to miss this evening of 50’s swing music and dance with the Natty Beaux!

The Natty Beaux (pronounced nat-tee bohs) are a swingin’ jump-blues/rockabilly band and 10-time winners of  Washington Area Music (WAMMIE) Awards. This fun-lovin’, finger-snappin’, hoppin’ and boppin’ combo featuring musicians from some of the Mid-Atlantic region’s finest groups including: Billy Coulter BandThe Junkyard SaintsAlexandria Kleztet and more. Folks just can’t sit still when they hear ’em play toe-tappin’ mid-century classics from Louis Prima, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Gene Vincent, Nat King Cole, Jerry Lee Lewis and other greats.
This event is not to be missed! Free and everyone welcome!

Be The One – Giving Challenge 2016


How can you “Be The One” to make a difference in a Veteran’s Life?

At Operation Second Chance, we meet Veteran’s with unique stories each day.  Despite the differing tales, there is always one overarching theme; though their time at war is over, a new battle has begun – a fight for their homes, their family, and their sanity.  Many of our American heroes struggle to adjust to civilian life, and find themselves living in poverty or facing homelessness.  We strive to meet all the requests of our veterans whether they need help with a mortgage or rent payment, or a weekend getaway.  However, we couldn’t help any of our heroes without the support and generosity of The Community Foundation of Sarasota, the Patterson Foundation, and you, our donors.

How does it make you feel to know you could “Be The One” to bring a smile to a veteran facing an unbelievable amount of stress.  With a donation to Operation Second Chance during this year’s Giving Challenge, you can help keep the lights on in a Veteran’s home, make sure their children always have something to eat, or even give a family a much needed retreat, like the 2015 Giving Challenge helped us do for the Roberson family.

“I have spent half [of] my daughter’s lives away from them in Afghanistan and training,” SFC Roberson wrote us.  After losing a leg in battle and spending a year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) recovering, SFC Roberson elected to stay in the Army and reenlisted for 8 years. “I was the first amputee to graduate from the Army Air Assault School,” he went on to tell us before sharing that he deployed to Afghanistan 2 additional times.  His only request – help him get some long overdue family time with this wife, and 2 daughters who had never been to the beach; so the sunny shores of Sarasota, Florida was where they were going!

Being able to provide some much needed R&R for this veteran and his family was made possible by those of you in Sarasota who support us day in, and day out.  But they’re not the only ones who benefited from your generosity during last year’s giving challenge.  Veteran Chad D. was also able to experience beautiful Sarasota, and enjoy some relaxing deep see fishing.

“Life at the Walter Reed can get rough at times with everything we go through in our process to heal and get home to our lives and families,” Chad wrote us.  “My life was absolutely chaotic when the trip came up so it was a needed break.  The things that these guys do for us to help us get out of our own ways are IMMEASURABLE.  They took me out of here, sent me down to the beach, let me do some fishing and relax.  I met some amazing people, had a blast hanging out with everyone I met or knew, and was able to forget about recovery for a few days.”

These are two, out of hundreds of, stories showing the impact that the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s 2015 Giving Challenge has made for our Veterans.  What will you help make possible for our veterans during this year’s Giving Challenge?  How will you “Be The One?”

Fridays at the Farm – Crabs and More!!

 smokey glen crab
Guarantee Your Spot by Purchasing Tickets Online at
June – August · 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM · Last Seating at 7:30 PM

Buffet Features: Steamed Spiced #1 Crabs & Steamed Spiced Shrimp

Smokey Glen Farm’s Famous Barbecued Chicken & Spareribs


Also includes:

Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, Kosher Style Hot Dogs, Corn on the Cob,

Big Salad Bar, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Fresh Baked Bread and…

Smokey Glen Farm’s Famous Charcoal-Baked Pies (Apple, Cherry, Blueberry & Peach)


Unlimited Sodas, Iced Tea & Lemonade!

Fun for the entire family! Horseshoes · Miniature Golf · Playground

Smokey Glen Farm – 16407 Riffleford Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 (301) 948-6097

Adults (Age 16+) $47.95
Ages 13-15 $29.95
Ages 10-12 $19.95
Ages 6-9 $9.95
Ages 5 & under FREE
Plus MD State Sales Tax. No Gratuities.
Beer & Wine

Choice of Bud, Miller Lite, Yuengling and Red & White Wine


$6.95 per person for the Entire Evening


Plus MD State Sales Tax.

Age 21 or older – Please be prepared to show ID.

Please: No carry-out containers or coolers. All food must be consumed on site. All seating is first-come, first-serve. No pets, please. Cash / Visa / Master Card / American Express.  Pricing subject to change.

Calling All NASCAR Fans!!

VA is coming to a NASCAR track in your area!
VA will be at the Richmond International Raceway (RIR), in Richmond, VA,
this April 22-24, 2016, as part of an ongoing collaboration with NASCAR to
promote greater access to VA benefits and services. VA will be on site all
weekend with a Mobile Vet Center unit and a team of health and benefits
experts who can answer your questions, share information, and help you
access your VA benefits.

As part of the collaboration, RIR is offering Veterans and their families
discounted tickets for the April 23 and 24 races. Go to the RIR website and
type “Veteran Offer” into the search field and look for the “Driving VA
Benefits and Services Home” page to learn more. Click here. Or call 866-455- RACE (7223)
and mention the “Veteran Offer.” Come out and learn more about your VA
benefits as RIR celebrates the return of Sunday afternoon racing.

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