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"We believe surviving spouses and dependent children need an organization dedicated solely to their needs, concerns, and welfare.”

Harriet Boyden

I am honored to have been re-elected Board Chair of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. The purpose of the Board of Directors is to manage the business of the organization.

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., a unique organization, is indebted to a small group of women led by Marie Jordan who founded the organization in 1945 for the widows of those who died in World War II. In 1948 it membership expanded to include those who died from a service connected illness or disability. Today membership is open to “any surviving spouse of any person of the United States military who died while a member of the armed forces of our country, or who died subsequent to such service as a result of an injury or disability incurred during such service.” The members are from all ranks, races, colors and creeds.

From the beginning the organization has worked to make sure that the government will “care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan…” as stated by President Abraham Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 1865. It continues today to educate members of Congress and state legislators about the needs of the surviving spouses and children. Thank you to all who work hard in these endeavors.

Members are working at the federal level to improve and protect survivor benefits and to eliminate inequities with other federal benefits. Our legislative goals for 2018-2019 include increasing DIC, repealing the Survivor Benefit Plan/Dependency Indemnity Compensation offset (SBP/DIC offset), amending the Federal Charter and eliminating the remarriage penalty.

We are grateful for all the members who step up to become officers at the National, Region and Chapter level or be an elected or appointed member of the Board of Directors. Without them stepping forward and working, Gold Star Wives would not continue to thrive. r membership and the work all of you are doing to promote our unique organization.

Harriet Boyden
Board Chair, 2018-2019

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!

Gold Level ($2,500+/yr) Join our List of Gold Level Sponsors!


Silver Level ($1,500+/yr) Become our first 2019 Silver Level Sponsor!

Bronze Level ($500+/yr) Become our first 2019 Bronze Level Sponsor!

Additional Sponsors ($100+/yr): CarolMarie Smith

For additional information, or to become a Gold Star Wives Corporate Sponsor, please visit our sponsorship page.

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.

Gold Star Wives is a Congressionally Chartered non-profit service organization that is capable of providing services to the active duty and service-connected military surviving spouses.

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Birmingham, Alabama Office
P.O. Box 361986
Birmingham, AL 35236

Phone: 1-888-751-6350

Washington DC Office
200 N.Glebe Road Rm 435
Arlington, VA 22203-3755

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is a non-profit 501(C)4 National Military Widow/Widowers Service Organization chartered by the United States Congress. Donations are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes but may be deductible as trade or business expenses.

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