Quotes from Parents:
"This group of people are amazing. I always let God carry me but when I need an actual 'talk back to me' person they have always been here. Reading and knowing what everyone else is going through helps me daily."
Sherri, Gold Star Mom from Colorado
Private Online Community:
The Marine Parents networking community Marine Family Network (MFN) offers a private group for Gold Star families. The group is open only to Gold Star family members, and MFN users must be granted access to the group by an administrator. The group offers opportunities to communicate and share with other Gold Star families, as well as resources for family members.
Click here to view the group and request access.
You must be a member of MFN to request access to this group. Simply sign up with a username and password.
If you are a Gold Star family member and would like access to the private group or information on other support services, please use the "Request Support" link to the left in the navigation bar.
TAPS Press Releases:
Dealing With Grief Over the Holidays: Practical Tips to Help
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Supporting Children Dealing With Grief During the Holidays: Tips to Help
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What Does "Gold Star" Mean?
"Gold Star" refers to a family member whose loved one has been killed in action. The Gold Star first made an appearance during World War I after being placed over a service flag's blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The Gold Star signified the family's pride in the loved one's sacrifice rather than the mourning of their personal loss. The Gold Star lapel pin made its first appearance during World War I and continues to be worn by Gold Star family members today.
Gold Star Family Support exists to provide grieving parents and family members of fallen Marines and Navy Corpsmen a Place to Connect & Share™ in a private environment open only to Marine Corps Gold Star members.
The emotional impact of the death of a lvoed one can only be understood by another Gold Star family member. Gold Star families from the program are always on call and ready to offer comfort and guidance. In addition to personal support, the Gold Star Family support™ website offers resources designed to support Gold Star families through their grief and to give them additional tools to honor their fallen Marine.
When the founder of Honor and Remember, Inc., George Lutz, became a Gold Star father, he sensed he had "joined the ranks of a unique fellowship...a group that originated with the American Revolution, when the first soldiers to shed their blood for our freedom gave their lives." Being part of the Gold Star fellowship is crucial to any Gold Star family's healing process. Gold Star Family Support offers multiple ways for families to stay connected:
Private Message Board Forum
A private forum is accessible only with membership, offering Gold Star families the opportunity to post concerns and heartache, as well as support for other Gold Star families.
Networking With One Another
Through Gold Star family gatherings and the sharing of contact information, members network and communicate with other Gold Star families who truly understand the tremendous loss and suffering.
Gold Star families can choose to honor their Fallen Hero on the Gold Star Family Support tribute page. Gold Star families may also publish events hosted in their Marine's name, as well as announce scholarships, foundations, or memorials that have been established in their Marine's name.
Gold Star families will also find events to honor their Marine through a frequently-updated calendar page. Reminders for Gold Star Mother's Day and the Remembering the Brave Ceremony are listed, as well as participant information for Operation Freedom Ballot™.
You Can Help Gold Star Families
The best way to support a Gold Star family is to remember their Marine. Visit www.GoldStarFamilies.com where you will find listings of foundations, memorials, and funds Gold Star families have established in memory of their sons and daughters. Your participation in the events and fundraising helps assure our heroes are never forgotten.