Blue Star Families has long offered support to the military community in a variety of ways, and one of the most recent endeavors is a program known as Blue Star Theaters. The initiative, which began in 2012, offers military families free or discounted prices on everything from theater tickets to classes. It recently announced it has expanded its efforts significantly, according to The Associated Press.
When the program launched in September 2012, just 22 theaters were participating, and by the end of the year that number had hit 57. Theater Communications Group, which supports the organization, announced last week that it has since expanded to more than 90 theaters in 33 different states. Some of the participants are especially well known, including Philadelphia's Wilma Theater and Burning Coal Theatre Company.
Of course, Blue Star Theaters is not the only initiative launched by the organization. The charity also runs Blue Star Museums, which provides military families with the opportunity to visit hundreds of museums across the country free of charge.
Whether they choose to visit the theater, museum or anything in between, there are many citizens who can take advantage of Blue Star's program, especially children. In fact, an estimated 1.8 million children have at least one parent in the military.