2017-2018 Chair of the Government Relations Committee
Donna EldridgeDonna Eldridge’s introduction, as a new military wife, began at FT Rucker with numerous tours of duty in Europe, as well as stateside assignments, from California to DC. They were fortunate to have a son born while stationed in California. He has brought much joy and happiness to their family. This wonderful journey came to an end, when her husband, Colonel Bo Eldridge, passed due to a service connected cause. Donna is an active member of Gold Star Wives’ of America, Potomac Area Chapter, in Northern Virginia, where she serves as President. She has been a member of the Government Relations Committee for the last three years. Donna feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve as a high school administrator, working with and learning from the outstanding teenagers of today. It is with honor that she gives back to the community through volunteering, in numerous organizations, supporting the military and military families.
About the Committee:
The purpose of the Government Relations Committee (GRC) is to improve and maintain a positive, working relationship of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. (GSW) with Congress, while keeping members informed of important legislative issues pertaining to surviving spouses and their families. GRC is comprised of volunteers from all regions of the GSW Organization who wish to help further the Committee’s goals.
The GRC provides both oral and written testimony when requested to Congressional committees regarding benefits for both survivors and their families. We also work with VSO’s to jointly support the improvement of benefits for Veterans as well as for surviving spouses and their children. We are striving to create a more informed community of GSW Members through social media, the GSW web-site, mail outs, and the quarterly newsletter. Questions, concerns, and ideas regarding our benefits are welcomed and encouraged from all members of GSW.
Currently the GRC is actively seeking Co-Sponsors to support and VOTE FOR the passage of four bills that pertain to survivor benefits: H.R. 4106: DIC Increase, H.R. 846: Repeal of SBP/DIC Offset, S. 1990: DIC Increase and S.339: Repeal of SBP/DIC Offset. On March 14 and 15, some GRC members, some members of the Potomac chapter, the Board Chai, and the National President were present for GSW testifying before the Joint House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and participated in “Color the Hill”.
To Contact Donna questions or ideas for the GRC, check you 2017-2018 Directory Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
Other members of GRC are Misty Brammer, Jeanette Early, Cyndie Gibson, Chris Kinnard, Sandy Luhnow, Lupe MaGuire, and Pat Collins Miller.
South East: Nancy Peppers