2021-2022 Chair and the Committee Members of the Government Relations Committee
Donna EldridgeDonna Eldridge’s introduction as a new military wife, began at FT Rucker with numerous tours of duty in Europe, as well as stateside assignments, from California to DC. They were fortunate to have a son born while stationed in California. He has brought much joy and happiness to their family. This wonderful journey came to an end, when her husband, Colonel Bo Eldridge, passed due to a service connected cause. Donna is an active member of Gold Star Wives of America, Potomac Area Chapter, in Northern Virginia, where she serves as President. She has been a member of the Government Relations Committee for the last six years. Donna feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve as a high school administrator, working with and learning from the outstanding teenagers of today. It is with honor that she gives back to the community through volunteering in numerous organizations, supporting the military and military families.
About the Committee:
The purpose of the Government Relations Committee (GRC) is to improve and maintain a positive, working relationship of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. (GSW) with Congress, while keeping members informed of important legislative issues pertaining to surviving spouses and their families. GRC is comprised of volunteers from all regions of the GSW Organization who wish to help further the Committee’s goals.
The GRC provides both oral and written testimony when requested to Congressional committees regarding benefits for both survivors and their families. We also work with VSO’s to jointly support the improvement of benefits for Veterans as well as for surviving spouses and their children. We are striving to create a more informed community of GSW members through social media, the GSW web-site, eblasts, and the quarterly newsletter. Questions, concerns, and ideas regarding our benefits are welcomed and encouraged from all members of GSW.
To Contact Donna or your GRC Region Representatives with questions or ideas for the GRC, check your 2021-2022 GSW Directory for phone and email.
Regions are represented as follows: Pam Connors-NE, Jeanette Early-SW, Cyndie Gibson-SC, Donna Eldridge-MA, Nancy Menagh-NW, Madie Tillman- MW, Crystal Wenum- NC and Judy Woodall- SE. Also serving as part of the GRC Committee: Misty Brammer-SW, Claire Manning-Dick-SW, Lupe MaGuire-MA, and Deborah Skeldon-MA. Our DC Advocate is Lars Anderson.