Gold Star Mothers Day

The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) salutes all mothers who have lost a child in service to the country in the Armed Forces. These mothers are known as “Gold Star Mothers,” and while no mother wants to lose a son or daughter in any way, most of these women wear this designation proudly.

The term “Gold Star” refers to the banner, hung in the window of many Armed Forces families beginning in WWI, with a blue star for each son serving in the U. S. Armed Forces. If that son was killed in action, the banner was changed, with the blue star overlaid with gold threads, and thus families with such a banner were referred to as “Gold Star Families.”

After World War I, a group of 25 mothers whose sons were missing in action banded together to visit Veterans hospitals, hoping to find their boys. Their small organization, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (AGSM) has swelled in its ranks to a group of over 1000 active mothers, who advocate for active duty and Veteran Military Members, volunteer at Veterans hospitals and involve themselves significantly with the Wreaths Across America program. Their website is available at www.goldstarmoms.com.

Congress named the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mothers Day in 1936, recognizing the importance of this small but impactful group.

The concept behind Gold Star Mothers is simple. All grief support groups are predicated by the same idea, that only someone who has lost a loved one can truly support those in the same situation. This group takes that idea one step further, that only one who has lost a child in the service to one’s beloved country can support another mother in that capacity.

One of the major issues in supporting Gold Star Mothers is simply finding them. Because of privacy laws, the government does not share information about deceased service members with organizations such as American Gold Star Mothers. So many mothers who have lost children serving in the Armed Forces do not know about the support and services offered to them. Generally, it is through word of mouth that newly mourning mothers discover Gold Star Moms.

If you know a mother who lost a child in service to the country, please share the website and information about this organization. This group is more like a community, and they offer a lot of support to Gold Star Mothers. The need is high, especially in the early days, but as grief never ends, neither do the resources of the organization.

We are grateful for men and women who are brave enough, strong enough, and love this country enough to serve. Their families, especially their mothers, take on this burden as well, regardless of their endorsement. The VLB is aware of those sacrifices, and we salute all Gold Star Mothers today and every day.

The VLB is happy to provide any needed help for these American heroes. The mission for the VLB is “to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.” Call 1–800–252–8387, email VLBinfo@glo.texas.gov, or visit vlb.texas.gov to see the different benefits available.

If you are a Veteran, thank you for your service. Click Here to Sign Up to stay informed on your benefits with the Texas Veterans Land Board.

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