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


Tacoma, Washington

Contact the Chapter:

President May Veazy at (253)351-5451 or (Click for email)

Vice-President 

Treasurer Marissa Alegria at (206) 242-9559 or (Click for email)

Secretary Gustavia Shoffner at (253)531-5168 or (Click for email)

Chaplain Mildred Farrow at (253)582-4720

Parliamentarian Marine Simmons at (253)582-4731

Historian Olivia Brown at (253)584-3250 or (Click for email)

Meetings:

We meet every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10 AM.

Location: Amvets Post #1, 5717 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, WA 98409

Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Veterans Day Parade - Auburn, WA - November 11, 2017.
Picnic at Alma's August 12, 2017.
Picnic at Alma's August 12, 2017.
Picnic at Alma's August 12, 2017.
Picnic at Alma's August 12, 2017.
Chapter luncheon at Patriots Landing on June 11, 2017.
Chapter luncheon at Patriots Landing on June 11, 2017.
Chapter luncheon at Patriots Landing on June 11, 2017.
Chapter luncheon at Patriots Landing on June 11, 2017.
Chapter luncheon at Patriots Landing on June 11, 2017.
Chapter luncheon at Patriots Landing on June 11, 2017.

Upcoming events

    • 3 Apr 2020
    • 5 Apr 2020
    • Roswell, Georgia

    Due to the COVID-19 national health emergency, this meeting is being postponed. More information will be distributed as soon as it is available. Thank you for your understanding.


    South East Region 72nd Conference April 3 – 5, 2020
    Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell
    909 Holcomb Bridge Road
    Roswell, GA 30076

    Hotel phone: (770) 817-1411
    Room Rates: $99.00 + tax (includes breakfast)
    Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 25, 2020
    Parking: Free Self-parking
    Nearest Airport: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

    Host: Atlanta Chapter
    Host Phone: (678) 477-2975


    • 5 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    Celebrate Gold Star Wives Day – April 5th!

    The first meeting of the Gold Star Wives of America was on April 5, 1945, when four young widows met in Marie Jordan's apartment on West 20th Street in New York City. One week later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Shortly thereafter, Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of the Commander-in-Chief, joined the organization. Mrs. Roosevelt was most helpful in the early days of the organization. She attended meetings, wrote about the organization in her "My Day" column, entertained children of Gold Star Wives at a picnic at her home in Hyde Park, New York, served on the first board of directors, and was one of the original 15 signers when the organization was chartered as a non-profit organization in the State of New York in December 1945.

    In 2013, the U.S. Senate designated April 5 as Gold Wives Day in recognition of the sacrifices made by spouses and family members of our fallen heroes. Many state and local communities also formally recognize April 5th as Gold Star Wives Day.

    Each member, and each chapter, should try and do something special. It can be a simple lunch with friends or a get-together with chapter members. Call your Congress person on this day. Try and get some media exposure in your area, so we can reach out to possible new members. Don't be afraid to invite your political leaders, military VIPs and others, as a means of public relations.

    A very encompassing review of this day is found from our friends at Military Benefits, which includes some ideas on what has been done in the past. 

    You can make it big or small, just remember to have fun. It's our day to celebrate!

    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 25 Apr 2020
    • Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park

    Dear Southwest Region Gold Star Wives Members:

    The decision was made that due to these trying times we are in we WILL NOT be holding the Southwest Region Conference in Denver on April 24th and 25th

    Instead we will be holding a teleconference call.  At this time we are working out the details of how to hold a conference call. 

    It will probably be on Saturday, April 25th.  The agenda will be very scaled down and concise.  The goal is to keep the conference call to about 2 hours. 

    The logistics of getting the packet information out to everyone will still have to be worked out.  Everything will most likely be electronically sent out to those who wish to participate.    

    ALL documents will need to be sent to me at obouault@gmail.com  by April 15th so that we will have enough time to include them.

    Resolutions will still need to be sent to Taunya Offdenkamp by April 1st

    2632 North Gateway Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89115-4310 

    We will need to be flexible and understanding, after all we are entering uncharted territory.   Please call or email me if you have any questions or suggestions! 

    Stay safe and well,

    Olive Bouault
    President
    Gold Star Wives Southwest Region
    360-508-6422
    obouault@gmail.com

    • 25 Apr 2020
    Midwest Members,

    With concern for our health and safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic; the Midwest Region Conference will be a Conference Call on 25 April 2020.  If you want information about the Conference Call, my contact information is listed below.

    Madie Tillman
    Midwest Region President
    gtillm56@aol.com
    937-258-2905
    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Charleston, SC
    Register

    Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
    75th
    National Convention
    Historic Charleston, SC
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Sunday, July 19, 2020

    Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport
    5265 International Blvd.
    North Charleston, SC 29418
    843-308-9330
    www.charlestonairport.hgi.com

    Please note that the rate is honored based on availability. If you wish to extend your stay or would
    like an upgraded or accessible room, please contact the hotel directly. Speak with someone at the
    front desk to make your reservation and give them the ID Code: GSW. All other reservations that
    do not require special dates or room types are encouraged to use the booking link below.

    https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/C/CHSAHGI-GSW-20200714/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

    Room Rate - $149.00 per night (double with 2 queen beds, king)
    (Plus, state/local taxes and fees/assessments per day destination fee)
    All guest rooms include a full breakfast up to 4 people per room, complimentary Wi-Fi, mini
    refrigerator, microwave oven, Keurig Coffee Maker.
    Reservations must be made by June 5, 2020
    Guest check in time 3:00 PM and check out time 11:00 AM.
    Rates will be offered 3 days before and 3 days after.
    Shuttle service provided within a 5-mile radius of hotel (includes to and from airport)
    No fees for parking

    https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/C/CHSAHGI-GSW-20200714/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

    Convention Coordinators
    Nancy R Peppers,  803-397-5851, 2nancyrpeppers@gmail.com
    Emily G Toliver,  803-413-8589, toliver_emily@yahoo.com
    Come enjoy and explore the Waterfront Park, the City Market, Rainbow Row, the Battery, Middleton Place, White Sand Beaches and much more.

    *Yes, there will be after Convention activities: a Cruise around the Historic Charleston Harbor,
    exploring and experiencing the Market Place and the Battery, Sunday, July, 19, 2020. Details
    to be announced.

    View the itinerary

Past events

3 Apr 2020 2020 North West Region Conference
29 Mar 2020 National Vietnam War Veterans Day
28 Mar 2020 South Central Region Conference
5 Feb 2020 Congressional Reception Celebrating the Elimination of the SBP-DIC Offset
21 Jan 2020 VA/ DoD Survivors Forum
10 Dec 2019 Press Conference on the FY20 NDAA and the “Widow’s Tax”
7 Dec 2019 Pearl Harbor Observance Day
23 Nov 2019 Find an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
11 Nov 2019 National Veterans Day
31 Oct 2019 The Wall That Heals
9 Oct 2019 VA/ DoD Survivors Forum
28 Sep 2019 Gold Star Mothers and Family Day
14 Sep 2019 Blue Star/Gold Star Tea
9 Aug 2019 Military Appreciation Night
25 Jul 2019 "Managing VBA Performance and Results:" Q3 Webcast hosted by Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D, Under Secretary for Benefits
23 Jul 2019 VA/DoD Survivors Forum
10 Jul 2019 2019 National Convention
10 Jun 2019 Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedications
27 May 2019 Memorial Day
26 May 2019 PBS National Memorial Day Concert 30th Anniversary
24 May 2019 TAPS 25th Anniversary
9 May 2019 GSW Founder Turns 98!
3 May 2019 South West Region Conference
27 Apr 2019 Midwest Region Conference
27 Apr 2019 South Central Region Conference
27 Apr 2019 New England Region Conference
13 Apr 2019 Middle Atlantic Region Conference
9 Apr 2019 Survivors Forum
5 Apr 2019 South East Region Conference
5 Apr 2019 Gold Star Wives Day
12 Mar 2019 Joint Hearing Senate & House Veteran's Affairs Committee
15 Dec 2018 Wreaths Across America Day
13 Nov 2018 Salute to the Armed Forces
11 Nov 2018 Veteran’s Day Events in Washington, D.C.
3 Aug 2018 Gold Star Family Day at the Ball Park
17 Jul 2018 2018 National Convention
24 May 2018 2018 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Memorial Day Ceremony - INVITE
24 May 2018 Memorial Day Events
28 Apr 2018 South Central Region Conference
28 Apr 2018 2018 Midwest Region Conference
28 Apr 2018 2018 North Central Region Conference
27 Apr 2018 South East Region Conference
13 Apr 2018 South West Region Conference
6 Apr 2018 2018 North West Region Conference
5 Apr 2018 Gold Star Wives Day
29 Mar 2018 National Vietnam War Veterans Day
14 Mar 2018 Joint Hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees
16 Dec 2017 Wreaths across America
10 Dec 2017 Wreaths Across America
9 Dec 2017 Snowball Express XII
10 Nov 2017 Birmingham Veterans Day Activities
11 Jul 2017 GSW National Convention

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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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