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November 11, 2012

Woman hopes to begin area Blue Star Mothers chapter

ST PETER — After learning the southern Minnesota area didn’t have a Blue Star Mothers of America chapter, Cheryl Peterson of St. Peter decided to begin one.

Peterson has a 21-year-old son in the Army. While he’s in the Reserves, lives at home and reports for duty in Arden Hills, Peterson still wanted to make military connections for support and information.

Someone she knew referred her to Blue Star Mothers online, which helped educate her on the military and connected her with other moms in unique situations like hers. Peterson said the Department of Defense provides a great deal of support across all branches of the military for spouses and dependents of troops. But until Blue Star Mothers, she couldn’t find much aimed at the family of single troops.

Part of the organization’s mission is to educate members on the military and to care for “unsupported mothers.”

Through Blue Star, she has connected with other moms, with whom she has spoken on the phone.

Both for personal reasons, as well as for a mass media internship at Minnesota State University, Peterson would like to begin a local Blue Star chapter to offer support for area moms.

“This whole area of the state, there’s nothing,” Peterson said. “I just want to find some support for others who are out there.”

Anyone interested in a local chapter of Blue Star Mothers can email military.mom.mn@gmail.com.

For more information on the organization, visit bluestarmothers.org.

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