As I begin my term as your National President, I am reflecting on who and what we are. We are Gold Star Spouses and have each taken a journey unique in many ways. But whether we received the knock at the door or watched our hero pass from us day by day, we all share in the grief we feel and the memories we cherish. Sometimes it seems we are consumed by paperwork as we deal with benefits and endless forms. For some of us, it seems never ending. We hear you and we are here for you! There are members of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. who can offer you direct help with your issues.
Our membership is made up of the men and women left behind. While our loved one made the supreme sacrifice, we are the ones left to live that sacrifice every day. We are young and old; we come from every race, creed, and religion; we have lived in all parts of the world. When we get together at National Convention, at Region Conference, at Chapter Meetings or just get together, we find that we have so much more in common than only the loss of our spouse.
Every year our National Convention is held in a different part of the US. This gives us all an opportunity to attend Convention whenever we can. Even if you cannot attend Convention, your local Chapter and Region can keep you informed of issues important to us all. They will let you know about local issues and fun events; and help you find other members in your area for friendship and support.
We are an organization that serves! That is just who we are. Our spouses served and we serve! So many of us volunteer at VA Hospitals, food banks, churches, schools and our community. We attend services that honor our Fallen and we support the troops and their families.
Each year at Convention we vote on our legislative goals for the year. Please let us know what is important to you. Following is a very brief description from the 2019 Convention: 1. Increase in DIC. 2. Removal of the SBP/DIC offset. 3. Removal of the marriage penalty. 4. Update our GSW Charter. Please check the website and newsletters for more complete information. While many of us walk the Congressional Halls in our Gold and testify whenever possible, we hope that you will write to your legislators and tell them yourself to support our issues! There is an easy link on our website so that you can just enter your information and a letter will generate for your specific representatives.
I look forward to serving you and to meeting as many of you as I can.
UNITED WE STAND TO WIN. Divided we fall and are forgotten.