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"We believe surviving spouses and dependent children need an organization dedicated solely to their needs, concerns, and welfare.”

VIVIANNE CISNEROS WERSEL

The Gold Star Wives Service Officer fields questions from military surviving spouses about problems and dilemmas. The Service Officer provides answers and helps to solve their dilemmas by directing the spouse to the proper source on where to obtain answers to their question or researches the answer.

The Service Officer prepares a quarterly column for the National Newsletter on top issues, or in changes to benefits or procedures.  Often surviving spouses are unaware of problems and do not recognize them until a suggested question touches an item which concerns them. 

The Service Officer maintains relationships with various VA Offices and with benefit agents within the health plans (mainly CHAMPVA and TRICARE) GSW members use.  She should also be versed in Social Security Benefits (how and when to apply). The Service Officer should be familiar with the various death benefits and how to apply for them.

The Service Officer subscribes to publications and newsletters that inform of changes relevant to the questions members have. 

       
 
           

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.

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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Birmingham, Alabama Office
P.O. Box 361986
Birmingham, AL 35236

Email: info@goldstarwives.org
Phone: 1-888-751-6350

Washington DC Office
200 N.Glebe Road Rm 435
Arlington, VA 22203-3755

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc

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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