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NMHM Proud to Continue Partnership With Blue Star Families

By: Paul Bello, National Museum of Health and Medicine

The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) is again partnering with Blue Star Families and will participate in its annual "Blue Star Museums" program this summer. The program offers free admission to participating museums for all active-duty service members and family members from now through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 1).

Blue Star Families first launched the program four years ago as a gesture of thanks to those who have served their country, in addition to recognizing the sacrifices of military families. Throughout the summer, Blue Star Museums will also share stories of their visits and experiences to these museums online through various social media.

NMHM, which moved to Silver Spring, Md. in 2012, features an extensive collection of artifacts that focus on the advances in military medicine, the Civil War, the brain, anatomy and pathology and forensic education. This summer, NMHM will host an "Anatomy of Sports" program, in addition to its monthly series of "Medical Museum Science Cafes."

Other military museums participating this year (as of 6/13/2014) include: U.S. Army Transportation Museum, Fort Eustis, Va.; National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Va.; Fort George G. Meade Museum, Fort Meade, Md.; National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, Md.; Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk, Va.

For a complete list of all participating Blue Star Museums, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org/support/blue-star-arts/blue-star-museums.