One percent of Americans are touched by this war.
Then there is a much smaller club of families
who have given all.

~ LTG John Kelly, USMC,
father of 2LT Robert M. Kelly, who was killed in Afghanistan

That “smaller club” is our country’s Gold Star Families, survivors one and all. Not a symbol of mourning, the gold star represents the family’s pride and the honor and glory attributed to a fallen service member for making the supreme sacrifice in defense of the America’s freedom.

Gold Star Families were once Blue Star Families like us. The operative word is “family.” This page is for our AWN families who are interested in empowering themselves with resources specific to survivors to assist their community and themselves. Here you will find websites to organizations and benefits, book recommendations, and more.

 We will never forget!

Important Dates
April 5th – Gold Star Wives Day
Last Monday in May – Memorial Day
Last Sunday in September – Gold Star Mother’s Day

Web sites
American Widow Project:

Casualty Affairs and Survivor’s Assistance:

Honor and Remember:

Survivor Outreach Services:


For others, visit our Resource Database and search the keyword “survivor.”