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We are moms in and around the Rochester, NY area who now have or have had sons and daughters honorably serving in the United States military.   Our mission is to support one another and all members of the Armed Forces and their families through a variety of activities and events.   We are strictly non-partisan and non-political.


The Blue Star Mothers of America is a Congressionally-chartered, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization formed for the purpose of supporting America’s military, veterans, and their families, and to foster patriotism.  The Rochester, New York Blue Star Mothers Chapter 8 was founded on April 16, 2011.

We sent nearly 1000 pounds of personal care items, snacks and valentine wishes to deployed troops in the Pacific, Afghanistan and a hospital in Kosovo this year.   It was possible because of heartfelt donations from a grateful community.  Each box costs approximately $15 to ship.  Thanks to our wonderful corporate sponsors and our wonderful community for helping to make this happen!


You also can help by clicking the donate button below!  Support the Troops! 

Our Address

Rochester Blue Star Mothers
c/o Veterans Outreach Center
459 South Avenue
Rochester NY   14620

Rochester NY8 Officers

  • President, Angela Uhnavy
  • 1st Vice President - Kelly DuPlessis
  • 2nd Vice President, Sue Louis
  • Recording Secretary, Helen Lutz
  • Financial Secretary, Amy Merrill
  • Treasurer - Rochelle Sulli


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT US AT bluestarmothersroc@gmail.com or call us at (585) 350 7272

I Am A Blue Star Mother
 I am the mother of a United States Service Member.  
My child gave me this title.
 I will give him a heart full of wonder at his accomplishments and a voice that  praises his desire to serve.
 I will place my faith in his military training and in God’s protection
I will give him the prayers that  will follow him where I cannot.

I will be strong when I want to cry and  brave when I want to cower.
He will know that I am behind him every step of the way.
Because I bear the title of Mother of a United States Service Member.


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Are you a mother or stepmother who has a son or daughter actively serving and/or who has been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces? Services include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserve Units, and the Merchant Marines.  A membership application and $20.00 annual dues must be submitted.  To join, click here.   For the registration form, we are Rochester NY Blue Star Mothers   and our Chapter # is NY8

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:  Harris Corp, Lincoln Financial Advisors, Wegmans, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Rochester Red Wings, Amerks Hockey, VanBortel Chevrolet, Kodak VetNet, John Marshall Class of 1966, Veterans Outreach Center, Buffalo Wild Wings and our many Private Donors




Click on the link below for AmazonSmiles if ordering this book.  They will donate a portion of the proceeds directly to our Chapter.  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0318427
Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front 

''Brye offers an invaluable handbook for parents of US military service members. An Army brat, Air Force wife, ROTC candidate, and mother of four military officers - one each in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines - she draws her advice from hard-won experience...Brye doesn't shrink from the hardest topics, including traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and, most unthinkably, casualty calls. For nonmilitary families, her work is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by those who serve and by their loved ones. For military families, Brye's book will comfort and inform.'' --Publishers Weekly

''The mother of four serving military officers pays tribute to the parents of children in active service, especially mothers, America's 'unsung heroes'...Coming from a multigenerational military family - her parents served during World War II, her husband is a retired officer, and she has four children on active duty - she knows the terrain...The author also touches on the special difficulties for women in the military, as they must demonstrate physical toughness but not get too chummy with their male counterparts, in order to gain respect...A compassionate, insightful guide for military parents and the rest of us who are in their debt.'' --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Elaine Lowry Brye grew up as an army brat, married an Air Force pilot, and ultimately became a mom to four military officers, one each in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. For the last thirteen years she has been mentoring parents as they make the adjustment to military-parent life through the USNA Parents List Serve and in other online forums. Her professional life has included a bachelor's degree in medical technology; a master's in business; training in Air Force ROTC; and certification as a science educator. In 2010 she spent a year teaching in Kabul, Afghanistan, gaining her own experience in a war zone. The role she is most proud of, besides being a mother, that has taken her to the White House and to the stage of the Democratic National Convention is that of mentor and supporter of military families.




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