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Military Deployment’s Impact on Families

A Long Table Conversation with Blue Star Families and Stand Beside Them

Saturday, November 16, 2019
2:00 PM–3:00 PM

When members of the Armed Forces go on military deployment, how are their families impacted? How do their relationships weather repeated separations, and how can these relationships be strengthened? Blue Star Families and Stand Beside Them host a discussion with experts and community members on how service members, their families, and their communities can work together to empower families and spouses during military deployment. They seek to end isolation, strengthen family unity, and focus on reintegration once a military family member has returned.

The Rubin Museum invites you to take a seat at the table. Throughout our Year of Power, we are hosting The Long Table, an open-source participatory project conceived by artist and activist Lois Weaver, which provides a forum for visitors and community groups to engage in a series of conversations on sharing power.

This Long Table conversation will be followed by a free tour of the Rubin galleries at 3:00 PM.

The Long Table is supported by Shelley and Donald Rubin.

About the Hosts

Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009. It is committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors— individuals and organizations—to create vibrant communities of mutual support. Its innovative programs are solving specific challenges for military families, including fighting economic insecurity with resources that foster spouse career development, creating family strength with rich family programming, and providing critical peer support for caregivers, whose numbers are only increasing. With more than 150,000 members in its network, including chapters all over the world, Blue Star Families touches more than 1.5 million military family members every year.

Stand Beside Them is a national nonprofit dedicated to coaching and empowering America’s veterans and their spouses/caregivers to achieve success at home, at work, and in the community. Founded in 2013, the organization now has over 140 certified coaches in 30 states dedicated to working with veterans and their families, specializing in career and small business development, health and wellness, relationships, and executive leadership.

All family members are invited to attend this program