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I joined Gold Star Wives in 1972. My husband, U.S. Army, Sergeant First Class Howard Lee Early, was killed on active duty in the Vietnam War on February 19, 1969. Our older son was 5, and twin sons were 4-years of age. I have held various positions in the GSW organization on National, Regional and Chapter levels, including National President, Southwest Region President, National Chaplain, and Denver Area Chapter President. I am a member of the Government Relations Committee and Secretary-Treasurer of the Denver Area Chapter. I am a retired high school Music Teacher. As a volunteer, I served on the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Federal Advisory Committee in Washington, DC (2014-2019). I am a Community Educator in the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; and an avid participant in events for Gold Star and Blue Star Families, Veterans and active Military in my community

Thank you in advance for your support.

Duties of Chaplain:  The National Chaplain is responsible for the moral and spiritual leadership of the organization with dignity and respect for the office. 

The National Chaplain will do the invocation at all meetings; and do so in an ecumenical manner to reflect that members are made up of many different religious persuasions.

At Convention, the National Chaplain conducts the Memorial Service for spouses and the Service for deceased members.  The National Chaplain provides what is needed (candles, etc.) to conduct the services.  

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Gold Star Wives of America, Inc

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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Arlington, VA 22203-3755

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. Copyright © 2021.

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