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  • 12 Dec 2018 9:22 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    News Channel 9 covered the Gold Star Wives Magnolia Chapter holiday event where the chapter prepared boxes of food, clothes and toys for families of veterans.  Over 100 boxes were prepared with the help of donations from local businesses.  You can read about the activity here.  

  • 6 Dec 2018 3:49 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Broadway World covered a New Jersey event honoring Veterans, and attended by Gold Star Wives member Ellen McCourt. Ellen is pictured at the event as well! Thanks to Ellen for representing Gold Star Wives and supporting New Jersey Veterans. 

    Link to Broadway World article.

  • 5 Dec 2018 12:00 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    MassLive had a nice article, a guest viewpoint, from Massachusetts State Senator Eric P. Lesser, the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies who represents the First Hampden & Hampshire District in Western Massachusetts.

    The article recognizes wives and family members of veterans and informs readers about the annuity program the state has for survivors.  GSW was instrumental in getting that legislation passed!

    You can read the full article here.

  • 4 Dec 2018 11:54 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    The 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season runs November 12 through December 10, 2018. This is the first opportunity for eligible survivors to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

    If you are a surviving spouse currently enrolled in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP), your coverage under that program ends on December 31, 2018. You will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan. You must enroll at during open season if you would like FEDVIP dental or vision coverage effective January 1, 2019.

    Again, if you are currently enrolled in a TRDP plan, you will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for 2019. You must enroll during open season. The only opportunity to enroll outside of an annual open season is if you experience a qualifying life event (QLE).

    Children will keep their current DENTAL coverage, but are generally eligible for the FEDVIP vision coverage.

    For any questions on eligibility, plan comparisons and enrollment, go to:ā€¦.

  • 28 Nov 2018 11:53 PM | Debra Kraus (Administrator) reports Dependency and Indemnity (DIC) rates to get biggest bump since 2012

    A Department of Veterans Affairs benefit for surviving family members of some deceased veterans will see a 2.8 percent bump for 2019 starting in January.  That increase for the tax-free Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) pay is the largest bump in seven years.

  • 27 Nov 2018 4:16 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Both the NBA and NFL had articles recognizing their support to Gold Star Wives. We are not aware of either of these activities, which may have been handled individually or through a chapter, but we encourage all teams, players and the leagues to continue to support our military, veterans and survivors, and thank them for any support they provide. 

    One article mentions Jacksonville Jaguars Malik Jackson's efforts for Gold Star Wives - see article

    The NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers article was to recognize Gold Star Wives at the Veterans' Day game - see article.

  • 27 Nov 2018 4:07 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    GSW's EAGLES Chapter was covered in the Eagle Post with an article titled "Group raising funds to place wreaths at local veterans cemetery"

    The entire article can be viewed here - 

    Thank you EAGLES Chapter members for your hard work!

  • 2 Nov 2018 11:51 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    Did you attend the public viewing of Senator John McCain?  Three Gold Star Wives were spotted by Emily Klose of The News-Gazette. Here is a link to the full article. Thank you ladies for representing the organization well!

  • 15 Oct 2018 4:02 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    GSW Member Arlene Murray's battle with the VA was reported on the Our Military web site.  To read the entire article, visit:

  • 8 Oct 2018 11:28 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation has requested that Gold Star Wives circulate information about their upcoming Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Groundbreakings and Dedications. They have asked our members to consider attending these events.

    Below is the information regarding the dates and locations of the events along with the primary contact information for each GSFMM Project.

    Upcoming GSFMM Dedication Event(s):

    October 16: Dayton, OH
    Primary Contact: LTJG Matthew J. Previts, (216) 789.2139,

    November 11: Wilmington, DE
    Primary Contact: Judy Campbell, Gold Star Sister, (302) 593.5991,

    November 12: Simi Valley, CA
    Primary Contact: Joanne Drake, CAO at Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, (805) 522-2977,

    Upcoming GSFMM Groundbreaking Event(s):

    October 11: Reno, NV
    Primary Contact: Jon Yuspa, (775) 351-8412,

    November 10: Spring Lake, NC
    Primary Contact: Lorie Southerland, (325) 206-1721,

    For a comprehensive list of GSFMM projects please visit

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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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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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