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  • 12 Dec 2019 10:30 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    "Buckley vet recognized by head of Vietnam Memorial Commission" covers the work by GSW member Arlene Murray. Read the article here at the Courier-Herald.

    TheChattanoogan.com has a nice article about Gold Star Wives founder Marie Jordan Speer, and the efforts of the Magnolia Chapter based there.  

    NewDayUSA held a Veterans Appreciation Day Event in Fulton, Maryland that included Gold Star Wives. This was covered by the National Mortgage Professionals Magazine - read here.

    Many Gold Star Wives members participate in Wreaths Across America.  The Main Street Clarksville covers this in their article: "Wreaths Across America honors the fallen" with a picture of EAGLES Chapter Treasurer Hazel Morrison and a lot of information about the work of the chapter.

    Daughters of the American Revolution - including a new Gold Star Wife - were covered in the Hockessin Community News - read here.

    Sandra Robertson, Past-President and a past Treasurer of Gold Star Wives, was quoted in the Yellowhammer News article covering Governor Kay Ivey's participation at a Wreaths Across America event - read here.  

  • 10 Dec 2019 11:45 AM | Maia Stanhope (Administrator)

    Excerpt:

    The repeal of the “widows tax” – an unfair offset that takes thousands of dollars from the pockets of surviving military spouses and their families – is now closer than ever thanks to its inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

    Please click here to read the entire article from Military Officers Association of America (MOAA):  
    https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/widows-tax-repeal-included-in-final-draft-of-the-ndaa/

    Another news article on this topic has just hit the press: https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/national/military-news/widows-tax-repealed-ndaa-military-budget/65-1d2df469-abb0-4a91-bc9c-438493fd4fb4

    A third article (and two enclosed videos) on the widows tax repeal can be found here: 
    https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/national/military-news/military-spouses-celebrate-repeal-of-widows-tax/65-614f63ff-c918-494f-bba1-de22d007bb1c?fbclid=IwAR2MtgwPGv0lyCq3h-39mM0JDYEc0C7IxR_9Xspm7mg7E8DYZOPTgw2Ksvg

  • 9 Dec 2019 11:30 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Gold Star Wives sends volunteers to help Snowball Express each year, including 2019 which was covered by an article in The West News. Excerpt: 

    Thanks to Gary Sinise, over 1000 children of the fallen soldiers got to visit the Walt Disney World this week. Gary is well known for his philanthropy work and his film Forrest Gump. Gary’s foundation took over 1000 children of the military heroes with their loved ones to Walt Disney World. The Gary Sinise Foundation started a noble program called Snowball Express, in this, they create magical experiences for the children who need it the most.

    Read the entire article here

  • 6 Dec 2019 1:16 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Three recent articles covered Gold Star Wives activities.  

    The Eagle Post covered Gold Star Wives' Eagles Chapter participation in Wreaths Across America.  See article

    The Lake Oswego Review also covered Gold Star Wives, but in regard to laying a wreath for Veterans Day.  See article.

    Additionally, Wicked Local Littleton had an extensive article featuring Gold Star Wives Vice President Linda Cafferty who was guest speaker at a luncheon sponsored by the Council on Aging and Friends of the Council on Aging. See article.

  • 5 Dec 2019 2:22 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Please be aware of scams. A recent scam targets Veterans and Survivors. Details about how this scam works can be found below. 

    VA OIG/CID Message:

    Below are the details of the latest scam targeting Veterans. This scam is particularly scary because it imitates the 1-800-827-1000 number as well as VA identity verification protocol. There is never a need to provide VA with credit card information.

    Veterans beware! There is a new scam sweeping the country targeting U.S. veterans. This one involves the use of new telephonic technology, and a well-orchestrated cast of scam artists who mimic Veterans Affairs (VA) culture. Unfortunately, the scam has already ripped off thousands of veterans – don’t be the next victim.

    The scam uses sophisticated telephonic technology that imitates VA operating signatures, thus, giving the impression via caller ID that the veteran is receiving a telephone call from the VA. Most veterans will see the following on their call ID system: “Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-800-827-1000.” The second part of the scam involves scam artists pretending to be VA personnel. The scam artists are using scripted material to mimic the culture of VA personnel by implementing processes that would be used when a veteran contacts the VA. Most veterans are getting the following:

    SAMPLE PHONE CALL SCAM/MESSAGE: 

    Scam artists: “Hello, Mr. Smith, this is John from the VA, I’m contacting you because the VA is reaching out to veterans to ensure the accuracy of their records with us. Do you have a minute to go over your records at the VA?”

    Veteran: “Yes!”

    Scam artists: “Before I get started, thank you for your service.”

    Veteran: “No problem.”

    Scam artists: “Mr. Smith, can you verify what branch of the military you served?”

    Veteran: “The Army.”

    Scam artists: “Ok. Thank you. Can you verify your current address?”

    Veteran: “555 Main St., Topeka, Kansas.”

    Scam artists: “Ok. Great! Can you verify your birthday?”

    Veteran: “July 10, 1947.”

    Scam artists: “Please verify your last compensation payment amount.”

    At this point, if the veteran provides information and gives an amount, the scam artists are using another script that eventually leads to asking the veteran to verify their social security number. If the veteran refuses to give information, the scam artists inform the veteran that he/she needs to be transferred to the Finance department. Then, the scam continues as:

    Scam artists: “This is Mike in the Finance department. How are you, Mr. Smith?”

    Veteran: “I’m ok.”

    Scam artists: “As John mentioned to you, we [VA] are reaching out to veterans to ensure the accuracy of their information on file with the VA. We want to make sure nothing happens to your current or future payments from the VA. Is that ok with you Mr. Smith?”

    Veteran: “Sure.”

    Scam artists: “Mr. Smith can you verify your social security number on file with the VA?”

    Veteran: “123-12-1234”

    Scam artists: “Great! Thank you. Also, can you verify the credit card we have on file for you?”

    Veteran: “I don’t have a credit card on file with the VA. Do I need to have a credit card on file?”

    Scam artists: “Yes! To make sure any incidentals are covered. In 99.9% of the cases, the credit card is never used, and if the credit card is used it will never exceed $10. Public law and VA policy make it necessary we have a credit card on file just in case something comes up that is not covered by the VA. So, what card would you like to keep on file? We take Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Which would you like to use?”

    If you get a call from the “VA” and the scenario resembles anything close to the narrative above, terminate the telephone call. It is likely you are being scammed.


  • 18 Nov 2019 11:20 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    The Eagles chapter of Gold Star Wives had an article published about their efforts to raise funds for Wreaths Across America.  You can read about their efforts and article at Kentucky New Era.

  • 15 Nov 2019 4:34 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Several Gold Star Wives attended the Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to the Armed Forces event held Oct. 28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

    The Gold Star Wives made the headline photo on InsideNova's coverage of the event. See the article and picture here.

  • 8 Nov 2019 5:03 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    For Gold Star families, the ultimate sacrifice comes heavily taxed. Excerpt:

    For every dollar she received from the VA benefit, her casualty assistance officer told her, it would be deducted from the Survivor Benefit Plan payments, an offset referred to as “the widow’s tax.”

    It affects an estimated 65,000 Americans whose service member spouses died as a result of their service in conflicts dating back to World War II.

    Read the article published on Fox2Now St. Louis.


  • 4 Nov 2019 2:32 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    The South East Region President, Barbara Glaze, attended the the Wall that Heals ceremony with Patricia Barbee, who remembers her husband's sacrifice along with others at the Memorial event in Pooler, near Savannah.  The South East Region President says that it was a moving and touching event on October 31st. It has been ten years since the wall was in that area.  We appreciate and remember Patricia’s  husband and all her sacrifice to our organization and our country.  

    You can view the article covering the event here.

  • 25 Oct 2019 11:57 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)
    A very nice video tribute of GSW Founder Marie Speer was posted by KIII TV from South Texas. You can see the video below or at www.goldstarwives.org.

    Additionally, Caller Times (part of the USA Today Network) has an in-depth article about Marie Speer, reporting on the founding of the organization in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt's membership and role in the charter, and more about Mrs. Speer's life. The article was also picked up by the MSN website

    Message from our President and Board Chair:

    GSW is saddened to have lost our Founder of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. Marie Speer passed away peacefully on October 19, 2019, with her family by her side. Marie had turned aged 98 on May 9th of this year. Memorial Services to be held at Arlington National Cemetery are pending at this time. If you would like to send condolences, please contact your Region President for the address. The family requests that no flowers be sent to the address.

    All of us will miss Marie and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at his time.

    Members may post a note to be shared with Marie Speer's family on our forum.

    Nancy Menagh
    National President

    Harriet Boyden
    Board Chair

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