Gold Star Links and Resources

Below are links to programs, organizations, and agencies that assist Gold Star Families in a variety of ways. To have your information included, email info@militaryfamiliesunited.org

 

National Organizations

American WWII Orphans Network (AWON)

www.awon.org
Organization working to unite the sons and daughters of Americans killed in service during World War II and ensure that those killed or missing are not forgotten.

Gold Star Fathers

www.goldstarfathers.com
Organization serving fathers who lost a son or daughter in military service to our country and working to ensure that fathers are not alone during funeral services and the grief process.

American Gold Star Mothers

www.goldstarmoms.com
National organization serving any mother who lost a son or daughter in military service to our country.

Gold Star Wives

www.goldstarwives.org
Organization of military widows whose spouse died while on active duty or from service-related wounds. GSW received a federal charter in 1980 and serve widows from all conflicts.

Patriot Guard Riders

www.patriotguard.org
Group of motorcycle lovers from all over the country who have an unwavering respect for those in the military. Among other projects, their main mission is to honor our fallen heroes by attending military funerals as the invited guests of the family to shield the family and friends from interruptions created by any protester or group of protestors.

Sons and Daughters in Touch

www.sdit.org
Dedicated to locating, uniting and supporting sons, daughters and other family members of those who died or remain missing as a result of the Vietnam War.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

www.taps.org
Organization that provides 24/7 tragedy assistance for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, as well as hosting Survivor Seminars and Good Grief camps to assist families in the grieving process.

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Military and Government Resources

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Readjustment Counseling Service

www.vetcenter.va.gov/RCS/Bereavement_Counseling.asp
Provides bereavement counseling (including outreach, counseling, and referral services) to family members, including parents, spouses, and children, of service members who have died in the service of their country.

Department of Veterans Affairs Survivor Benefits and Services

www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category/Topic/Issue/Material.aspx?MaterialTypeID=9&MaterialID=15352
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is dedicated to helping surviving spouses and other dependents cope with their loss and the emotional and financial aftermath.

Military OneSource

www.militaryonesource.com
Website that gathers and organizes all things military, listing additional resources for families, military members and veterans.

National Resource Directory

www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov
The NRD connects survivors, wounded warriors, servicemembers, veterans, and their families with those who support them. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits & compensation, education & training, employment, family & caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel and other services & resources.

Survivor Outreach Services

www.myarmyonesource.com/FamilyProgramsandServices/SurvivingFamilies/SurvivorOutreachServices.aspx
Army SOS works to build a unified support program which embraces and reassures Survivors that they are continually linked to the Army Family for as long as they desire. Provide immediate and continuing support in many areas to the families of fallen Heroes.

U.S. Air Force Casualty Matters Division

www.afpc.randolph.af.mil
Click on "Personnel Services," then on "Disability/Casualty Support"

U.S. Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations

www.armycasualty.army.mil

U.S. Marine Corps Casualty Assistance

www.manpower.usmc.mil
Click on "Top Requests," then on "Casualty Assistance"

U.S. Navy Personnel Command Casualty Assistance

www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/CasualtyAssistance

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Kids and Teens

Good Grief Camps (TAPS)

www.taps.org
TAPS offers regional and national Good Grief Camps to children and teens; providing them with a safe and supportive atmosphere to conduct activities and have opportunities to learn coping skills, establish and identify support systems and create awareness that they are not alone in the grief of their loved one.   Children and teens meet others of their own age group to share and learn, together.

Operation Hug-a-Hero (aka Daddy Dolls)

www.operationhugahero.org
Operation Hug-A-Hero provides dolls with a head-to-toe photograph of the recipient’s parent or loved one and a personalized message just for them.  Dolls are free to children of fallen heroes.

Rainbows

www.rainbows.org/
Rainbows is an international organization that offers training and suggestions for creating peer support groups within religious organizations, schools, and social organizations. Rainbows focus’ on grief within the family unit, especially that which may arise from the death of a loved one.

Sesame Workshop’s Talk, Listen Connect; When Families Grieve

www.sesameworkshop.org/grief
The death of a loved one brings enormous challenges. When Families Grieve presents families' personal stories about coping with the death of a parent, as well as strategies that have helped these families move forward.  Sesame is here to support you through some of the issues you may face as a family.

Snowball Express

www.snowballexpress.org
Snowball Express provides surviving children and family members the chance to attend a weekend of fun. The organization covers the cost of flights from around the country and provides games and entertainment for families.

United Warrior Survivor Foundation

www.FrogFriends.com
Assists surviving spouses of special operations personnel killed in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. Services for spouses and children include financial assistance, financial guidance and planning support, college scholarship grants, educational counseling, professional bereavement counseling, and peer-to-peer mentorship, based on need.

Zero to Three

www.zerotothree.org
Zero to Three informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. They address the continuum of challenges of military life, from the day-to-day stress of deployment and relocation to the intense challenges of trauma, grief, and loss that are experienced by some.

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Spouses

American Widow Project

www.americanwidowproject.org
The American Widow Project is dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter Military Widow to Military Widow.

F.I.N.E. Young Widows

www.fineyoungwidows.com
F.I.N.E. Young Widows provides empowerment, support and healing for young widows nationwide.

Gold Star Wives of America

www.goldstarwives.org
Gold Star Wives Of America is an organization of military widows/widowers whose spouse died while on active duty or from service connected disabilities. 

Got Your Back Network

www.gotyourbacknetwork.org
Provides services and events for Gold Star spouse and children.  

Society of Military Widows

www.militarywidows.org
Provides moral support, referrals for services, and advice to widows of deceased military personnel of all ranks.

United Warrior Survivor Foundation

www.FrogFriends.com
Assists surviving spouses of special operations personnel killed in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. Services for spouses and children include financial assistance, financial guidance and planning support, college scholarship grants, educational counseling, professional bereavement counseling, and peer-to-peer mentorship, based on need.

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Parents

Gold Star Fathers

www.goldstarfathers.com
Organization serving fathers who lost a son or daughter in military service to our country and working to ensure that fathers are not alone during funeral services and the grief process.

Gold Star Mothers

www.goldstarmoms.com
National organization serving any mother who lost a son or daughter in military service to our country.

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Financial

A Survivors Guide to Benefits

https://cs.mhf.dod.mil/content/dav/mhf/QOL-Library/Project Documents/MilitaryHOMEFRONT/Service Providers/Casualty Assistance/Survivors Guide.pdf
DOD guide on everything surrounding assistance for Gold Star families, including funerals, benefits, ID cards, and legal assistance.

Department of Veterans Affairs Survivor Benefits and Services

www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category/Topic/Issue/Material.aspx?MaterialTypeID=9&MaterialID=15352
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is dedicated to helping surviving spouses and other dependents cope with their loss and the emotional and financial aftermath.

Got Your Back Network

www.gotyourbacknetwork.org
Provides services and events for Gold Star spouse and children.  

Survivor Outreach Services

www.myarmyonesource.com/FamilyProgramsandServices/SurvivingFamilies/SurvivorOutreachServices.aspx
Army SOS works to build a unified support program which embraces and reassures Survivors that they are continually linked to the Army Family for as long as they desire. Provide immediate and continuing support in many areas to the families of fallen Heroes.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

www.vfw.org
The VFW assists survivors in accessing federal benefits and can, when necessary, assist surviving families with unmet needs.

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Grief Support

Rainbows

www.rainbows.org/
Rainbows is an international organization that offers training and suggestions for creating peer support groups within religious organizations, schools, and social organizations. Rainbows focus’ on grief within the family unit, especially that which may arise from the death of a loved one.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

www.taps.org
Organization that provides 24/7 tragedy assistance for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, as well as hosting Survivor Seminars and Good Grief camps to assist families in the grieving process.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Readjustment Counseling Service

www.vetcenter.va.gov/RCS/Bereavement_Counseling.asp
Provides bereavement counseling (including outreach, counseling, and referral services) to family members, including parents, spouses, and children, of service members who have died in the service of their country.

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Benefits

A Survivors Guide to Benefits

https://cs.mhf.dod.mil/content/dav/mhf/QOL-Library/Project Documents/MilitaryHOMEFRONT/Service Providers/Casualty Assistance/Survivors Guide.pdf
DOD guide on everything surrounding assistance for Gold Star families, including funerals, benefits, ID cards, and legal assistance.

Department of Veterans Affairs Survivor Benefits and Services

www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category/Topic/Issue/Material.aspx?MaterialTypeID=9&MaterialID=15352
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is dedicated to helping surviving spouses and other dependents cope with their loss and the emotional and financial aftermath.

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Past Conflicts

American World War II Orphans Network (AWON)

www.awon.org
Association of children and family members of those killed in action in WWII.

Sons and Daughters in Touch (SDIT)

www.sdit.org
Organization whose mission is to locate, unite and provide support to sons, daughters and other family members of those who died or remain missing as a result of the Vietnam War.

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Education & Scholarships

Folds of Honor Foundation

www.foldsofhonor.org
FHF provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation.

No Greater Sacrifice

www.nogreatersacrifice.org
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the 50,000 children of our nation’s fallen and wounded Service Members, delivering scholarships and resources to improve their quality of life through the pursuit of higher education.

VA Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

www.gibill.va.gov/post-911/other-programs/dea.html
Under the post 9/11 GI Bill, the government provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

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Honor your Hero

American Fallen Soldiers Project

www.AmericanFallenSoldiers.com
Provides family members an original portrait of their fallen loved one at no cost.  

Military Times: Honor the Fallen

www.militarytimes.com/valor/
Learn more about the Heroes of OIF and OEF through DOD announcement.  

National Gold Star Family Registry

www.goldstarfamilyregistry.com
Affords family members the opportunity to upload photos and tell the stories of their Hero, giving future generations a sense of who these brave Americans were, the cause for which they died, and - more importantly - how they lived. Includes Heroes from World War II to the present.

Operation Never Forgotten

www.operationneverforgotten.org/goldstar.php
Creates billboards from family photos that remind Americans of the service and sacrifice of our troops. 

Run for the Fallen

www.runforthefallen.org
Run for the Fallen encourages all Americans to run in honor of our Fallen Heroes.

Travis Manion Foundation

www.travismanion.com
The Manion Foundation offers families a variety of methods to honor their including fellowships named in honor of their fallen Hero.  

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