August 20, 2019

On Memorial Day, Honor Gold Star Families

“Memorial Day is a federal holiday dedicated as a day of remembrance to those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. For many Americans across the country, it is a day off of work and a long weekend to enjoy barbecue or a trip to the beach. For some, it is a day with much more meaning.

Since 9/11, roughly 7,000 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives while serving in the Middle East. These fallen heroes did not serve alone. They are survived by spouses and children, who are commonly referred to as Gold Star families. To be a Gold Star family member is to be a part of a venerated community that no one wants to be a part of.

A variety of nonprofit groups throughout this country are committed to serving Gold Star families. Following my own service in the military, I have had the privilege to volunteer with some of these compassionate organizations such as Camp Hometown Heroes and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Through both organizations, I have participated as a camp counselor for the children. There are more than 5,000 Gold Star children throughout our country. And in getting to know them, I have been able to get to know the most special group of kids I could ever imagine.”

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