These organizations are similar to GSW in that Military Surviving Spouses compose most of their membership makeup. GSW encourages cross membership in support of our members and to solicit grassroots outreach . Through the sharing of information we become more informed and stronger. Many GSWs are also members of these organizations:
American Widow Project- The mission of the American Widow Project is to provide vital support to military widows with peer based support programs designed to educate, empower, inspire and assist in rebuilding their lives in the face of tragedy. 501c(3)
Society of Military Widows- The Society of Military Widows (SMW) was founded in 1968 by Theresa (Tess) Alexander to serve the interests of women whose husbands died while on active military duty, of a service-connected illness, or during disability or regular retirement from the armed forces. SMW is a nonprofit organization chartered in the State of California under section 504 (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
TAPS- TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death. Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has established itself as the front line resource to the families and loved ones of our military men and women. TAPS provides comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and grief and trauma resources. 501 c(3)
MOAA Survivor Auxillary- MOAA's Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee reports to the board and staff on issues affecting surviving spouses of military members. 501 c(19)
Surviving Spouses Support Group-The Surviving Spouse Support Group has one goal. It fills in the gap where military life ends, and a new normal begins. A military widow/widower means being misunderstood by friends and family; we are often left behind and forgotten. SSSG seeks to promote healing and strength by reaching out to widows/widowers of spouses who died serving our Nation. (non profit status not available on website).
Other Family Member Organizations:
Sons and Daughters in Touch- Sons and Daughters In Touch was formed in 1990 to 'locate, unite and support the children of American servicemen who were lost, or remain missing as a result of the Vietnam War.' Since then, SDIT has established contact with more than 3000 of these now-grown children. Beginning in 1992, the organization began holding national Father's Day reunions at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ('92, '93, '97, 2000, '05 and '10.) In 2003, more than 50 SDIT members were part of an historic delegation that traveled to Vietnam to see the places where their fathers fought and died. In addition to fulfilling its mission, SDIT also works to share its insights and experiences with organizations committed to meeting the needs of Gold Star families who have suffered losses in our nation's current military conflicts.(703) 243-5201, 1025 N Irving St, Arlington, VA22201
Disclaimer: The above web sites are not associated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., or its Board of Directors, and has no official or unofficial affiliation with the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., or its Board of Directors, or its membership. This web page was created as a resource for the members of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.