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  • 19 May 2021 10:13 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    It’s been an unusual year for Community Service. Many members were not allowed to do their usual volunteer work due to Covid-19. But I’m sure many people increased financial contributions in a year that saw such need for food and various services during the pandemic.

    Reporting Community Service for GSW, the number of reports received was down quite a bit, but the total value was not that far off from last year. For the year 2020, 135 members reported a total value of over $1,736,374. This compared to the previous year (2019), when 201 reports totaled $1,898,544, a difference of about 162 thousand dollars.

    Again this year, urged on by President Flora Kernea, Magnolia Chapter topped the charts, with 26 members reporting monetary and volunteering totals of $488,821! We had MALs in three regions – South Central, Southeast andSouthwest – plus three chapters – Miami Valley, Inland Empire and Phoenix, each far surpassing $100,000!

    Thank you, everyone who sent in Community Service reports.  One result of the Covid-19 pandemic seems that more people are expanding their generosity to help those impacted by donating to food shelves and other humanitarian efforts, and some are finding new ways to volunteer. We urge you to keep track of your contributions of cash, goods, volunteer hours and mileage (and blood donations for those who are still young enough), and plan to report them to GSW Community Service next year.

    Carol DeVore
    Director, Community Service
    320-217-5072, 320-217-1321 ©

  • 12 May 2021 11:15 AM | GSW National Office (Administrator)

    In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 7th), Gold Star Wife Patty Stubenhofer sat down with Heather Graf of ABC 7. She shared her family's experience and advice on how the public can offer support. 

  • 5 May 2021 12:04 PM | GSW National Office (Administrator)

    A dedication service for the Hershel "Woody" Williams Gold Star Families Monument in Clinton Township, Michigan will be held on June 12, 2021. Please click here to read the coverage by The Macomb Daily. 

  • 5 May 2021 11:39 AM | GSW National Office (Administrator)

    Former Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. member, the late Amanda Crow and her late husband, Jeremy Crow, served in the United States Navy. Amanda was an advocate for survivor benefits. Their family has set up a community memorial wall in their honor. Click to read more about Amanda and Jeremy Crow's service here. (Rapid City Journal

  • 21 Apr 2021 11:18 AM | GSW National Office (Administrator)

    GSW and Wreaths Across America form Partnership (PRNewswire)

    April 5th is Officially Recognized as Gold Star Wives Day (Ripon Advance)

    The Gold Star Wives' Arlington Chapter recently joined Partnership that Fights Cybercrime and Supports Military and Veteran Organizations (Business Wire)

  • 7 Apr 2021 10:54 AM | GSW National Office (Administrator)

    Maj. Gen. James Bonner, commanding general of Fort Leonard Wood (MO), issued the following statement in recognition of Gold Star Spouses Day and encourages the public to thank a Gold Star Spouse for his/her bravery and sacrifice. Please click here to read Maj. Gen. Bonner's article.

  • 5 Apr 2021 10:53 AM | Membership Office (Administrator)


    1ST SESSION S. RES. 110

    Designating April 5, 2021, as ‘‘Gold Star Wives Day”

    March 15, 2021, Senator Richard Burr (NC) and Senator Joe Manchin (WV)  introduced a nonpartisan Senate Resolution designating  April 5, 2021 as “Gold Star Wives Day”. This resolution passed unanimously on the Senate floor.

    “Whereas the Senate honors the sacrifices made by the spouses and families of the fallen members of the Armed Forces of the United States; Whereas Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. represents the spouses and families of the members and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States who have died on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability; Whereas the primary mission of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is to provide services, support, and friendship to the spouses of the fallen members and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States…”.

    Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. was organized in 1945, formed in New York City (NYC) by Marie Jordan Speer. GSW was originally called WWII Widows, later became federally chartered Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., with Eleanor Roosevelt as an original chartered member. As a result of the NYC Chapter, today there are 33 chapters located throughout the United States.

    The organization of Gold Star Wives of America welcomes membership to all who meet the criteria. This organization does not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information contact   

    Dr. Vivianne Cisneros Wersel
    Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. Public Relations

  • 22 Feb 2021 4:57 PM | GSW National Office (Administrator)

    Naperville, IL: Plans are underway and funds are being raised to install a Hershel "Woody" Williams Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in spring 2021.

    Please click here to read more about the installation:

  • 12 Feb 2021 2:36 PM | Membership Office (Administrator)

    DFAS has a new Survivor SBP Newsletter! Check out the first issue, with lots of news and helpful info for survivors/SBP annuitants. Learn all about the upcoming changes to the SBP-DIC offset, when you’ll get your tax statements, the new School Cert process, our helpful form tools and more! Get it here:

    Read all about the phased changes to the SBP-DIC Offset in the article "The Phased Elimination of the SBP-DIC Offset Begins in January of 2021"

  • 25 Jan 2021 1:44 PM | GSW National Office (Administrator)
    The Department of Defense recently posted an article titled "Miller Establishes Task Force to Aid Gold Star Families":

    Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller virtually sat down with Gold Star families recently to discuss how the Defense Department can better support them.

    Miller signed a memo in December 2020, designed to implement programs recognizing the sacrifices of these families and preserve the legacies of those killed.

    "I was tremendously honored and humbled to sit with and listen to our Gold Star Family members," Miller said in a written statement. "They've taken personal tragedies and turned them into powerful stories of hope and healing for others."

    Miller established the DOD Casualty Assistance Task Force to address concerns of Gold Star families and suggestions from them. Miller and his team coordinated closely with the office of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness on the task force.

    "Taking care of our Gold Star Families is one of my top priorities; and I am focused on outcomes and actions to ensure that we are doing our utmost to support them," the acting secretary said.

    Miller praised efforts within DOD to assist Gold Star families.

    The families come from diverse backgrounds and situations and include moms, dads, husbands, wives who had a son/daughter/wife/husband killed in action, killed in training or by suicide.

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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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