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  • 24 May 2019 2:23 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    The Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, S.1370, passes in the Senate. 

    Legislation in the House awaits action.

    Read more about this at:

  • 21 May 2019 12:34 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Gold Star Wives coverage is on an unprecedented increase.

    Coverage of Gold Star Wives issues were reported on WUSA9 (Washington, DC) with an article titled " 'There's been many days and nights that I shed tears over this' | Surviving military spouses battle for full benefits " and an accompanying video featuring several Gold Star Wives - see here.

    The Daily Caller also published an article titled "Gold Star Wives Lobby Congress For Full Survivor Benefits" with several large pictures and details about pending legislation - see here., part of, covered the potential impact of the bill passing in that it would allow Gold Star Spouses to obtain DoD and VA benefits - see here.

    Augusta Free Press covered an issue of importance to Gold Star Wives related to the changes in taxes and even quotes our President Crystal Wenum - see here.

    Several Gold Star Wives are reported on in this Daily Press article titled "For families of the fallen, tax relief is in sight" - see here.

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times reviews Memorial Day activities and mentions Gold Star Wives - see here. covers the tax issue as well in this video and article - see here.

    The Lake Oswego Review has extensive coverage related to Memorial Day and Taya Kyle in particular the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.  You can read more about this - see here.

    Last (for now) but not least, there is an informative article at American Military News titled "Vet-founded Companions for Heroes has saved 3,300+ from suicide with shelter animal program" - see here.

  • 21 May 2019 12:26 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

         Vietnam Veteran In Memory Program

    What is In Memory?

    Since the Vietnam War ended, thousands of Vietnam veterans have died each year due to Agent Orange exposure, PTSD/suicide, cancer and other causes related to their service. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In Memory program honors those who returned home from Vietnam and later died. 

    The plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C. that honors these veterans was dedicated in 2004 and reads:  In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice. 

    In Memory was created in 1993 by the group - Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. VVMF began managing the program and hosting the ceremony in 1999. More than 3,600 veterans have been added to the In Memory Honor Roll since the program began. To see all the honorees, please visit:

    What's Included?

    Having a veteran honored includes:

    • An invitation to In Memory Weekend in Washington, D.C., which includes a touching ceremony on the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where each honoree’s name is read aloud. If you are present, you may read the name. Each applicant also receives a printed personal tribute certificate with their veteran’s photo(s).

    • As part of the In Memory Honor Roll, an online personal remembrance page is created for each honoree with their photo and biographical information. Family members can share the page and leave remembrances about their loved one. 

    • VVMF’s mobile exhibit, The Wall That Heals, includes the digital photos of all In Memory honorees from the state where the exhibit is on display. 

    • An invitation to join our Facebook group:  In Memory – Families of Vietnam Veterans lost to Agent Orange and PTSD. The group gives family and friends an online community to connect and share their stories.

    How Do I Apply?

       Fill out an online application or Download the In Memory application


    To have a loved one considered for the In Memory program, you must submit your application to VVMF by March 6, 2020.

    What’s required?

    • Completed application form

    • Copy of military record that shows proof of service in Vietnam (Form DD214)

    • Copy of the veteran’s death certificate

    • Two clear photographs of the honoree (we recommend one photo from the Vietnam era and one photo that is more recent)

    Examples of proof of service in Vietnam are listed on the DD214 as:

       Vietnam Service Medal (VSM)

       Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM)

       Vietnam Service Ribbon

    If you do not have a copy of the DD214, military service records can be obtained from the National Archives Veterans Service Records. Visit and click on “Veterans’ Service Records.”

    If you have a question about the program or are experiencing difficulty with the application, contact VVMF at (202) 393-0090 or via e-mail at

  • 16 May 2019 2:32 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    This chapter has been active at numerous events including the Governor Larry Hogan Gala at the MGM with First Lady Yumi Hogan and first Lieutenant wife Monica Rutherford, Congressman Steny Hoyer’s Annual Bull Roast and Birthday Party at the Newton White Mansion, Gold Star Family Monument unveiling in Havre De Grace Maryland, the Lone Sailor Award dinner (Lone Sailor award is given to Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their careers during or after service), Gold Star Family Day at Winsor, a Veterans Program at the Thornton Funeral Home in Charles County Maryland with guest speaker Gold Star Wives own Aseneth Blackwell, Prince William Chamber of Commerce Salute to the Armed Forces at Quantico – The Clubs, and finally Senator Chris Van Hollen’s Symposium entitled “Women Who Serve, Women Who Lead” at American Legion Post 108 in Cheverly Maryland attended by the Senator, Dr. JoAnn Fisher CEO of Women Veterans United Committee Inc and Mrs. Diana Denboba of PGC Chapter of National Congress of Black Women. 

    Below are pictures from some of these events.

  • 8 May 2019 12:24 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    An article in the Fort Carson Mountaineer reported on the Gold Star Spouses Day event held in Colorado.

    "Fort Carson Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) honored and recognized the surviving spouses of fallen Soldiers with a luncheon and service April 18, 2019.

    About 40 spouses and Family members attended the event at the MCM Elegante Suites Hotel."

    View the online article with pictures here.

  • 6 May 2019 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    Please click the following link to read more: 
    Gone But Not Forgotten (2).pdf

  • 2 May 2019 12:46 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    A recent CNN article covered the tax changes impact on Survivors Benefits, known as the "Widows Tax".  GSW is working on legislation on this as well as other legislation that impacts survivors.  More information on this legislation will be forthcoming.

    5/3/2019: An update to this story has been posted with support for a bipartisan bill to address this issue affecting our members - click here to see more information on this topic.

  • 26 Apr 2019 9:11 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Krista Simpson Anderson was named as the Green Beret Foundation's Gold Star Liaison. Mrs. Anderson is a Gold Star Wife as well, her husband, U.S. Army Green Beret Staff Sergeant Michael H. Simpson, was killed in Afghanistan in 2013. You can read more about her work at this online article.

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