Friday, July 31, 2009

Pryor Daily Times - Community events

"• Wednesday, Aug. 19

Blue Star Mothers Meeting, 6 p.m., OSU Extension Building. Stuff boxes for Labor Day."

Blue Star Mothers group to form here

"ALAMOSA — As mothers, Donna Griego and Vicki Jones share the same fears and prayers for their children stationed overseas.

The mutual concerns, nightmares, and sense of pride have prompted them to start a Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. chapter in the San Luis Valley

A SLV mother who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, is welcome to attend the organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Adams State College Student Union.Griego was standing behind Jones, who was buying care package items for her son, Curtis, and daughter-in-law, Kimberly, 1st Lieutenants in the Army, stationed in Iraq. The two struck up a conversation and developed the idea to initiate a Blue Star Mothers chapter. Griego’s son, Tony, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, is stationed in Afghanistan. “I have spent entire days in tears,” she said. “You think you are going crazy, that there is nobody else who feels the same way.” Jones agreed, “I have had the vision of the two uniformed officers at my door. There is so much emotional turmoil as a mother of military personnel.”The two soon quickly agreed they wanted to reach out to other mothers and provide support. “It is one thing to know someone serving,” Griego said, “When it is your child, it is a different story.”In addition to providing emotional support, Griego and Jones are coordinating with the Adams State College Counseling and Career Center and the Mental Health Center to arrange counseling for members of Blue Star Mothers. Plans for the chapter include outreach to local churches and school as well as demonstrating patriotism at events. The two moms are interested in coordinating with local VFWs, American Legions, and the Veterans Center to combine resources and honor all veterans as well as those currently serving.Griego and Jones said their husbands, Joe and Art, respectively, are also adjusting to their children being overseas. All relatives and friends of service men and women are welcome to join the chapter, as non-voting members.Griego appreciates President David Svaldi and Adams State for their assistance in launching the SLV Blue Star Mothers."

Valley Courier Local news, sports, real estate, shopping, lodging, dining, railroad, sanddunes, in Alamosa, San Luis Valley, Colorado:

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mothers group offers Star power

"APOLLO BEACH - Marilyn Custer's son, Bryan, began serving a tour of duty in Iraq as a specialist in the U.S. Army in April.
Unfortunately, Custer had suffered a scare related to her son's health before he was even shipped overseas.
'When he first got to his duty station, he was bitten by a spider, didn't realize it, and became very sick,' said Custer, an Apollo Beach resident. 'Everyone in the barracks was away on a four-day leave, and I had no knowledge of protocol.
'I just knew my son was sick and there was no way for me to get to him.'
That incident occurred before Custer discovered Blue Star Mothers of America, a nonprofit organization that supports military families"

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More concerts to come after Tunes on Trade

"Another season of Tunes on Trade and Greer Idol has concluded, but that doesn't mean the tradition of Friday night concerts in downtown Greer needs to end."

The Blue Star Mothers of America will serve as volunteer vendors during the ENCORE! music series and will collect donations to provide comfort items and postage for the military.

More concerts to come after Tunes on Trade The Greenville News:

Funeral set for fallen soldier

The Duncan Banner - Funeral set for fallen soldier: "DUNCAN — Funeral for Spec. Dennis Pratt, 34, of Duncan, is set for 2 p.m. Friday in Frontier Chapel at Fort Sill.

Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Service of Lawton is in charge of arrangements.

Pratt, son of Jim and Sinnamon Pratt of Duncan, died July 20 when the Humvee he was driving in Afghanistan was hit by an artillery shell. He is the first known Stephens County resident to die in combat in Afghanistan.

The Patriot Guard and other veterans groups, law enforcement personnel and others in the community are planning to escort the family to the Stephens-Comanche County line on Friday, when other veterans groups will take over the escort duties to Fort Sill.

The Duncan chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America is helping coordinate expressions of support for the Pratt family. The group is designed to support families of military people, especially those who have been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other places.For information on donations, expressions of sympathy or other topics pertaining to the family, call GayLynn McCormick at 656-0307."

Blue Star Moms plan installation ceremony

"Blue Star Moms plan installation ceremony
Blue Star Moms of Marin will have an official installation ceremony Aug. 5 at the Marin Humane Society in Novato."

Blue Star Moms plan installation ceremony - Topix:

Crawfordsville, IN

"The board also approved two other requests.
The first was from James Komendo who was asking for a police escort when the Support Our Troops Ride arrives into Crawfordsville after its 125-mile ride Saturday. The ride will leave the Crawfordsville National Guard Armory at noon and head south on U.S. 231 South.
According to Komendo he is expecting up to 200 riders this year and they will be arriving back into Crawfordsville between 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is to raise money for the Blue Star Mothers and the support group at the local armory."

Job descriptions to be updated - The Paper of Montgomery Co. - Crawfordsville, IN:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mid-Valley Briefs | yuba, city,

"Donations sought for care packages
Wi-Kids Youth Group of Mercy Housing in Wheatland is accepting donations for care packages being prepared for local deployed troops.
All packages will be mailed through Tri Counties Blue Star Moms.
A donation bin is available at Settler's Village Market, 1912 Highway 65, Suite 100, in Wheatland.
In addition, the youth group is hosting a booth and special activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the market."

Mid-Valley Briefs yuba, city, hatfield - Local News - Appeal-Democrat:

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rockin' time to support American troops

"Mother Nature was threatening, but her flood gates stayed down for the Operation: Support Our Troops fourth annual 'Rockin' For The Troops' fundraiser held Saturday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Last year's event sold out, drawing more than 10,000 people, not including vendors an volunteers.
Admission was $25; the same cost to ship a care package overseas. Naperville resident and Operation: Support Our Troops volunteer Marilyn Jannusch helps the organization in sending 200 care packages out every other week."

Rockin' time to support American troops :: Naperville Sun :: Local News:

Reasor's Scoops For Troops Pays Off

"JENKS, OK -- The Blue Star Mothers received some much needed help on Friday for shipping its Freedom Boxes to troops. Jeff Reasor presented the Tulsa chapter with a $10,000 check at his Jenks store.
Blue Star Moms say the check is a God-send.
'We had a stack of boxes that have been sitting in our building for a couple of weeks. We haven't had the cash to be able to take them to the post office and mail. So, it's truly a blessing,' said Blue Star Mother Teresa Nightingale.
The money came from the Scoops for Troops drive held earlier this month.
Every year, the grocery store offers customers an ice cream scoop for a $1 with money going to the Blue Star Mothers."

Reasor's Scoops For Troops Pays Off - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - :

Donations for troops to be collected -

"Michiana Blue Star Mothers and Martin's Super Markets have partnered to 'Support Our Troops' by conducting a donation drive in all St. Joseph and Elkhart County stores as well as Niles, Mich.
During July, the group is asking for donations of personal hygiene products as well as food items (in travel or personal sizes) which will be sent to local troops overseas. A list of items needed can be picked up at any Martin's location. The items do not need to be purchased through Martin's Super Markets.

For more information, contact Lisa Swann, vice president, at
Monetary donations (which are tax deductible) can be sent to: Michiana Blue Star Mothers, P.O. Box 1023, Granger, IN 46530."

Local digest — Donations for troops to be collected - The Elkhart Truth - Elkhart, IN:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mother who lost son in Vietnam War presented gold star

"For quite some time, during and after the Vietnam War, good old-fashioned patriotism and support of military efforts were sometimes downplayed in the United States.
The Vietnam conflict was not popular, and those returning home from it had few welcome parties at the airport and or bands playing patriotic music for them.
During the Vietnam War, mothers and wives didn’t march in parades, church groups didn’t collect items for care packages, and school children didn’t send stacks of letters of support."

Wagner, of the Blue Star Mothers also located a copy of the words spoken by President Lyndon Johnson when he honored Pvt. Love’s military unit with a presidential citation. Johnson said, “I never think of a Marine but what I think of a man who wants to do more, not less; a man you have to hold back and not shove. As I present you with this citation, I salute you in the name of freedom that you have defended and the honor that you have won for your country.”— President Lyndon B. Johnson, 17 October 1968.

Mother who lost son in Vietnam War presented gold star:

Friday, July 17, 2009

Honoring vets in the land of the free because of the brave

"Following the parade, Dorfman was on hand as Post 364 hosted a Blue Star Banner Salute to America’s heroes, where other wounded warriors and Blue Star families were special guests.
“I received a warm welcome that was one of the most humbling experiences of my life,” he said. “American Legion Post 364 had an excellent ceremony after the parade to honor wounded vets and Blue Star Mothers.”
Blue Star Mothers are mothers who have a son or daughter serving in the armed forces. The event also recognized Gold Star Mothers who have lost a loved one serving in the armed forces."

n.b. Northern Virginia Blue Star Mothers is a newly chartered chapter

Honoring vets in the land of the free because of the brave

What’s On Tap for July

What’s On Tap for July : "5K RACE FOR FREEDOM
Ashly's 5K Race For Freedom, A Soldiers Legacy, will be held September 5 at 9 a.m. in the Lehigh Parkway in Allentown. A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Ashly Moyer Memorial Scholarship Fund at Emmaus High School. The majority of the proceeds will be donated to the Lehigh Valley Blue Star Mothers, a group that supports our troops and veterans. Runners, walkers and volunteers needed. Sign up at"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A military welcome home

Tulsa Today - A military welcome home"Join Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor, the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, the Blue Star Mothers, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, the National Association for Black Veterans, Marine Corp League, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart for 'Welcome Home Day!'

'Welcome Home Day' is a celebration to honor all veterans, service members and the families that support them! This event will take place on Saturday, July 18, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Centennial Park, 1028 E. 6th Street."

Shipping out from the hometown

"The Richmond, Virginia Council Navy League of the United States care package project that got bigger through the efforts of Amy Conzalino at local CVS stores (“Inspiration at the check-out counter”), got another boost July 7 as the league developed a partnership with Blue Star Families of Richmond and Blue Star Families of Central Virginia. Rather than supplying items, however, this partnership will help distribute the items collected.

The Navy League sent letters contacting both the Charlottesville-based Central Virginia chapter and the Richmond-based chapter of the Blue Star Families organization. The letters led to a meeting between the three groups at the Navy League offices in Richmond.
“Understandably, [the Blue Star Families groups] wanted to check us out and make sure we’re legitimate,” Gibbons explained.
As Blue Star Families of Richmond President Rebecca Hickman and Blue Star Families of Central Virginia President Jacqui Cecalupo and Vice President Kathy Warren toured the offices of the Navy League, the three groups found an instant bond over the care packages and shipping. All members present rattled off prices based on package sizes instantly and shared stories of difficult and touching shipment expeditions.

The Blue Star Families organizations are chapters of Blue Star Mothers of America, which is a non-profit organization that also supports current and formerly deployed members of all branches of the military. It serves as both a support network for families and friends of those serving and as a service organization working to improve the lives of returning military members and deployed troops.
“Balancing those functions has been a challenge for us,” Hickman said. “We are there for those 11 p.m. phone calls, but we also have members who just want to help.”"

Midlothian Exchange - News: Shipping out from the hometown:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Soldier on leave from Iraq war helps send packages to troops

Army National Guard SPC Scott Conn stuffs a care package full of goodies Thursday during the Blue Star Mothers of America Chapter 10 gathering at the Recovery Center in Lancaster. Conn is home on leave from his third tour in Iraq and wanted to help with effort to support the troops. (Ty Wright / Eagle-Gazette)

"LANCASTER - Many people take two-week vacations to warm, exotic or sunny locales. But a local soldier has returned home to Lancaster to spend time with his family while on leave from the Iraq war.

U.S. Army Spc. Scott Conn returned to Ohio a few days ago. He is on his third tour of duty in Iraq. He returns to the war-torn country July 22.
"It's definitely going to fly by, but it's my job," said Conn, 30. "I'd rather do it now than see one of my kids go back for something I could have done."

The local Blue Star Mothers chapter mailed 40 packages Thursday in addition to 590 care packages in 2007 and 574 in 2008.
To help, call Lancaster Chapter President Pam Mutchler at 614-837-0049 or send an e-mail to for.the.troops.oh10@

"Soldier on leave from Iraq war helps send packages to troops overseas Lancaster Eagle Gazette:

Fourth of July festivities a blast

"The parade on Main Avenue was a success, she said. The theme for this year’s parade was an Old Fashioned Fourth of July and a Salute to Our Military. It was organized by the Chamber of Commerce Parade Committee with volunteer support by Park Rapids Rotaract Club.

Pre-parade entertainment on Main was provided by the Colt 45 Band. April Hodge sang the National Anthem while the American Legion Post 212 Color Guard, Marine Corps League Detachment 1109 Color Guard, Boy Scout Pack 58 Color Guard, Bemidji Chapter 7 Disabled American Veterans, Blue Star Mothers and Grand Marshals Leroy Boyce and Don Singlestad presented the stars and stripes."

Fourth of July festivities a blast Park Rapids Enterprise Park Rapids, Minnesota:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Briefs, July 10, 2009

Briefs, July 10, 2009: "Group seeks musical instruments for vets
The Grand Valley Blue Star Mothers organization seeks applications from any veteran or active duty service member who is interested in obtaining a musical instrument through the Operation Melody program.
Wounded personnel, including men or women suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, will receive priority, but all applications will be considered.
Grand Valley Blue Star Mothers is in possession of several instruments and needs to start building its inventory. Donations of instruments are welcome."

Pryor Daily Times - Community events

"• Wednesday, July 15

Blue Star Mothers Meeting, 5:45 p.m., OSU Extension Building. No box stuffing. Quick inventory supply room before stuff boxes in August."

Pryor Daily Times - Community events:

Freedom ride scheduled for Aug. 1

"Looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors and help support a pair of local groups who help out our troops?
If so, then the second annual Support Our Troops Ride is something for your.
The ride, being headed up by James Komendo of Jak of All Trades Tattoo Studio, will be a fundraiser with the proceeds going to the Crawfordsville National Guard Unit Support Fund and the Blue Star Mothers of America Indiana Chapter No. 3."

The Paper of Montgomery Co. - Crawfordsville, IN - Freedom ride scheduled for Aug. 1:

Soldiers’ families to receive information and advice

"Having a family member deployed overseas can be stressful and frightening, but the Modesto/Central Valley Blue Star Mothers and Families and the American Red Cross are hoping to lessen those fears with information."
The Modesto Blue Star Mothers and Families and the Stanislaus County Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a Soldier’s Family Survival Workshop to help prepare families for the pre-deployment, deployment, homecoming, and post-deployment of their soldiers.

more...Soldiers’ families to receive information and advice:

Dare to Donate

"Jul 01, 2009 (Claremore Daily Progress - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- BUSRF Quote Chart News PowerRating -- One local business owner made a donation and dares others to do the same with a corporate challenge.

Jerry Eason of Eason Collision Specialists donated $250 to Blue Star Mothers to help ship boxes of snack cakes to soldiers serving overseas. He said it is a great way for businesses
to get involved in caring for deserving service men and women. "

BUSRF Dare to Donate:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Operation: Melody

"Local organization Grand Valley Blue Star Mothers matches musical instruments with veterans who want to learn to play.
Blue Star Mothers is just one of the several booths aimed at helping veterans that will be at the Downtown Farmers' Market Festival in Grand Junction this Thursday night.
This special program puts musical instruments in the hands of veterans. It's called Operation Melody. The Blue Star Mothers already have an arsenal of instruments - but they need more.

They say they want to make sure all vets get the opportunity to play, but first plan to focus on those suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. But they say all applicants will be considered.
The Moms say they'd eventually like to expand this program to include art supplies. They believe music and art will provide the right kind of therapy for our soldiers who've been injured in battle.
For more information, click the link below.
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Monday, July 6, 2009

North Bay sure bets

Novato Advance: North Bay sure bets by: "NOVATO’S HUGE 4th OF JULY PARADE begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Look for the Blue Star Moms of Marin, who will march in the parade for the first time, along with 100 other floats, musical units, and of course the historic military vehicles from Joe Garbarino’s World War II museum. See the special section in today’s Advance for more details about the parade, pre-parade entertainment, and the Buckaroo Breakfast that will be available downtown on Saturday morning."

Heroes’ Lunch honors troops

"The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce celebrated heroes with a lunch at the Nathaniel Center on Wednesday, July 2. The event recognizes heroes from the past and present at the annual lunch, which honors the lives of military families. Among those in attendance were Chamber members, the Blue Star Moms and Wayne Garrison, candidate for Houston City Council, District E."

Blue Star Mom Nancy Foisner’s son, Rick, was in the Air Force for four and a half years and was stationed in Korea, Germany and Qatar as a munitions expert. To celebrate the return of her son, Foisner went skydiving with her family.
“It’s nice to hear people appreciate the service of the military,” Foisner said. “You can never show too much appreciation.”

More...Heroes’ Lunch honors troops - Monday, July 06, 2009 - Copyright 2007

Friday, July 3, 2009

Local Soldier Prepares for Sixth Deployment

"LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- As the nation celebrates Independence Day, one local man is preparing for his sixth deployment.
Anthony Fusco's family has made many sacrifices. Anthony has been wearing the uniform since 1996. Not only is he getting ready for another tour of duty, his wife is also deployed.
Fusco comes from a family of patriots. Next month he will go fight in Afghanistan. This is a familiar routine for him and he is proud to serve his country.
"Someone has to keep us free, so I do it for these guys," said 1SG Anthony Fusco, U.S. Army, referring to his children.
Fusco must say goodbye again to his daughters 7-year-old Desiree and 10-year-old Dana. In addition to that, his wife, 1LT Melissa Fusco, is also in the military and serving in Afghanistan the last two months.
"We go over there, and we provide freedom for other countries," Fusco said.
Dorothy Fusco is proud of her son. She is president of the Blue Star Mothers of Henderson and Boulder City. "

more... Local Solider Prepares for Sixth Deployment - Las Vegas Now :

More information on Blue Star Mothers of Henderson and Boulder City
The Blue Star Mothers of Henderson and Boulder City is a newly-established chapter. The organization holds general meetings on the second Thursday of every month at Colonial Bank at 1440 Paseo Verde in Henderson from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Military family members and citizens who want to volunteer are invited to help pack boxes that will be mailed to troops in the war zone and share stories about military heroes.
On the fourth Thursday of every month, the chapter meets at the parish hall at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on North Pecos in Henderson for "comfort meetings." They are designed to educate people about being a Blue Star Mom and to help struggling military families. Members of the public interested in sending letters to deployed troops may write to the chapter at or call (702) 469-5622. The Valley's original chapter is called Blue Star Mothers of Southern Nevada.

Rolling Thunder® Ohio Chapter 11 - 01AUG Blue Star Mothers Miami Valley CH3 2nd Annual Support for the Troops

"BSM MV CH3 and RT11 will be hosting a benefit ride for Support of the Blue Star Mothers of the Miami Valley. Monies collected will be used to purchase items and pay for postage of care packages of our troops overseas as well as packages for local veterans in need. The event will be held at Jackass Flats on 1AUG09 with sign ups from 10 to Noon and bikes out at noon with last bike in at 1530. Music,prizes, and a pig roast will be included in the entry fee.
This link will provide more detailed information as well as direction to the event;"

Rolling Thunder® Ohio Chapter 11 - 01AUG Blue Star Mothers Miami Valley CH3 2nd Annual Support for the Troops:

Hanover Blue Star Mothers seek families of fallen

"The Hanover chapter of the Blue Star Mothers are planning a ceremony to honor all of those from the Hanover-Adams County area who have given their lives in the service of their country.
And the group would like to invite the families of the fallen, known as Gold Star Families, as well as those families whose loved ones are still on active duty.
But they're having difficulty tracking people down to ensure they know about the event, scheduled for Sept. 27, because the Department of Defense limits what it releases about fallen soldiers."

Hanover Blue Star Mothers seek families of fallen - The York Daily Record:

bombs still bursting in air for some

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 12:29 PM CDT
This Saturday, Americans among the thousands will lie on the ground, their arms behind their heads, a blanket beneath them, as they watch fireworks explode into a night sky of brilliant colors, an instantaneous Star Spangled Banner. They’ll ooh and ahh. How beautiful. And weren’t the ribs delicious? How about that corn on the cob? Did you buy any of those sparkler thingies?

For Shane Ayers, fireworks for the past year have been his reality, not the kind of fireworks which children light to celebrate Independence Day, but the daily explosions of living at the base of the mountains in Afghanistan. Shane is an army scout with the 1st Infantry Division based out of Ft. Hood, Texas in Killeen, Texas.
“Shane calls it a sponge outpost,” said Russ Smith, Bixby, about his son-in-law who recently received a Bronze Star for saving the life of an Afghani soldier. According to Russ and his wife Tonya, the purpose of the outpost, which is only the size of a football field, is to hold the border and draw Taliban fire from the mountains. Once the Taliban is spotted, air support is called in to bomb the area. At 23-24, he’s the old man of the outfit. The soldiers are constantly bombarded, two to three times a day.Said Tonya, there are only 80 soldiers in the area, 40 Americans and 40 Afghanis. “ “It’s almost impossible to get in and out—by helicopter only,” she said. “ There are no roads, just foot trails.”Shane came home to visit in January, the trip taking three weeks, because it was so difficult to get out of the area as the helicopter was under constant fire. ‘They get shot at getting supplies from the helicopter,” Tonya said. “ They get shot at trying to help others who have been hurt.” Although Shane got the Bronze Star for one incident, he has saved lives several times. Tonya calls the soldiers sitting ducks. “After seeing the videos, I personally feel that you only come back alive if it’s God’s plan.”Whatever is built on the outpost is made of scrap wood, whatever’s available. There is no running water; they filter water from the river. “Americans would be shocked,” said Tonya."
She encourages everyone to support the Blue Star mothers in getting
packages to the soldiers in the military. They look forward to the treats, she
said. Shane sometimes received packages from strangers. There are several Blue
Star Mothers listed on the Internet. This is one of them: Oklahoma Chapter One
Blue Star Mothers of America,, 2198 S.
Sheridan Rd., Tulsa, OK 74129-1050. (918) 834-7777. The Bixby Bulletin
encourages Blue Star Mothers to send news releases regarding their activities,
fund-raisers and needs,


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