Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wreaths honor passed heroes during the holidays

Wreaths honor passed heroes during the holidays



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The Grand Valley joined the Wreaths Across America effort for the third year to honor passed soldiers in a very special way during the holidays.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Blue Star Mothers need help for Christmas Heros Boxes : News : CarolinaLive.com

The Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina need help raising money and goods for their annual Christmas Heros Boxes drive.
Blue Star Mothers are moms who have children serving in the military, and throughout the year they send care packages to military servicemen and women throughout the world.
On Saturday, they held a fundraiser at Kroger grocery store in Garden City and asked for help.
The Christmas Heros Box will contain food, games, magazines, or anything that will make the holidays brighter for the soldiers.
Each box costs $12.50 to ship, and the group is asking for donations. They're also actively seeking names and information for any soldier with ties to the coastal community.
You can learn more about the organization and donating by visiting their website, http://www.bluestarmothersofcoastalcarolina.com

Blue Star Mothers need help for Christmas Heros Boxes : News : CarolinaLive.com

Army dad makes surprise visit to son's elementary school

OXFORD — Delaying a fourth-grade class's Friday afternoon recess can be dangerous business — but Clara Barton Elementary School teacher Diane Menard gave students the ultimate excuse.

Nine-year-old Dominic J. Mascroft was paid a surprise visit by a soldier — his father, U.S. Army Spec. Brian R. Mascroft — who returned earlier than expected after a year in Iraq.

“See that? I got you out of school,” his father said.

After the Mascrofts reunited with a warm embrace in front of classmates, who responded with rousing applause, Ms. Menard asked the boy if he was surprised.
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Ms. Messier, a member of the Blue Star Mother's organization that conducts campaigns for food drives and contributions shipped overseas to their children and their units, spoke of her son's return.

“It's very heart-wrenching, when you think about everyone over there and what they're doing, not knowing where they are because they can't tell you,” she said. “Moms always like to keep track of their kids and where they are and when they're in the service they can't do that.”



Army dad makes surprise visit to son's elementary school

Norman group seeks donations for military care packages

The Norman Community Initiative Group and Blue Star Mothers of Oklahoma, Chapter 6, is asking the public's help in making care packages for troops serving overseas. The campaign will end with a package assembly party Nov. 6 at Reaves Park.

Read more: http://newsok.com/norman-group-seeks-donations-for-military-care-packages/article/3506965#ixzz13F74QnOH


Norman group seeks donations for military care packages | NewsOK.com

Vets get good food, good advice

"People need to call to reserve a spot," Garrett said.

For the third year, the Blue Star Hoosier Mothers prepared a free breakfast and lunch for people who attended the expo.

Biscuits and gravy were on the menu for breakfast followed by brats, green peppers, onions, red potatoes and green beans for lunch.

"After our meeting last night, I went home and used my mother's iron skillet to fry sausage and make gravy," Gayle Sosbe said. "We have a good time helping Claude out. We honor our veterans. We love to do it. Besides, Claude needs to be out here (among the veterans.)"

Sosbe is the outgoing president of the Blue Star Hoosier Mothers. Lynn Ringis is the new president and Lisa Denau is the new vice president.

Sosbe was wearing an apron she received as a gift.

"It's half Marines and half Navy," she said proudly.

Sosbe said the Blue Star Hoosier Mothers group is growing. As many as 25 people attend the meetings, which are usually held the last Thursday of each month, but the meeting date is changed from time to time, such as in November due to Thanksgiving.

Call Sosbe at 362-5713 for more information.


Vets get good food, good advice - The Paper of Montgomery Co. - Crawfordsville, IN

Monday, September 27, 2010

Local Gold Star Mother would like state tribute to address whole families of fallen soldiers

PAW PAW - Laura De Roo of Paw Paw, vice president of the local Blue Star Mothers group is pleased that Gov. Jennifer Granholm has designated Sept. 26, Gold Star Mother's Day, honoring the sacrifices of the mothers of fallen soldiers. But, De Roo and her husband, David, wish the tribute would be extended to state Gold Star Families, Gold Star Dads, siblings, spouses, and children, all who have also experienced the loss as well.
The De Roos lost their son, Sgt. Gabriel G. De Roo, on Aug. 20, 2006, in Mosul, Iraq, while he led a squad on patrol. He was serving his second tour of duty there with the United States Army 2/3 Infantry Company A Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis, Wash.
"This designation originally took place June 23, 1936. While searching for the original wording of that proclamation, I came upon the proclamation of several states that have over the years, designated the last Sunday of the month as Gold Star Mother's Day. Michigan is not the first," said De Roo, vice president of the Southwest Michigan 179 Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., and Big Dipper National Auxiliary president.
"Having our governor recognize the loss, honor, and sacrifice of the many Gold Star Mothers of this state is appropriate. I am not surprised that Gov. Granholm was willing to do so. She has supported the families of the fallen from our state for years," De Roo added.
"I do wish that this proclamation reached just a bit further than the mothers, and honored those others, as well."

Courier Leader - Local Gold Star Mother would like state tribute to address whole families of fallen soldiers

Wyckoff event honors Women with children in the Military

The ceremony was organized by the Blue Star Mothers of America Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of women whose children are, or have been, in the military. Under Blue Stars, women with children who have died serving in the military are distinguished as "Gold Star" mothers.
Ceremonies in northern New Jersey were also held in Ho-Ho-Kus, Wanaque and West Milford.


NorthJersey.com: Wyckoff event honors women with children serving in military

Mothers of Soldiers Attend Reception at Bush Home

The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother's Day, a day meant for people to honor mothers who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
On Saturday night, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush hosted a reception in their Dallas home for local Gold Star Mothers and Blue Star Mothers. Blue Star Mothers are mothers that have a soldier serving their country right now.
NBCDFW assignment editor Cynthia Garcia was invited to the reception as a Gold Star Mother.


Mothers of Soldiers Attend Reception at Bush Home | NBC Dallas-Fort Worth

Peterson Piano Studio: Patriotic Festival SPECIAL EVENTS

This year, for our Festival, BAMTA has chosen to host a Patriotic Festival. At the Festival, students will be able to bring donations to the Blue Star Mothers. They will also be able to stay after they perform and make a card or two for a service man or woman. This will be a nice opportunity to "give back" to our community.

Peterson Piano Studio: Patriotic Festival SPECIAL EVENTS

'Parapup': New children's book brings comfort to children of deployed service members

Vertuli wrote and published the recently released "ParaPup Reports for Duty." Written in simple children's language, ParaPup, who can fly faster than a jet plane, is highly trained in snuggling. The book and a stuffed dog, ParaPup, are available for $25 from the newly-formed Blue Star Mothers organization. Cindy Carroll is president of the local group, made up of mothers who have or had children serving in the military, and can be reached at 622-8413.


'Parapup': New children's book brings comfort to children of deployed service members | coshoctontribune.com | Coshocton Tribune

Gold Star Flag Ceremony honors fallen heroes and their Families

Hosted by the Blue Star Mothers of America San Antonio, Chapter Four, and the Army Community Service Survivor Outreach Services Program, each Family was presented a gold star banner during the ceremony.

A Blue Star Mother or Stepmother has a son or daughter currently serving or honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.

Col. Mary Garr, 502nd Mission Support Group commander began the ceremony with "We know you have been through tremendous loss and sacrifice. We want to ensure you we will continue to support you."


Gold Star Flag Ceremony honors fallen heroes and their Families

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blue Star Moms gather in Grand Junction

Blue Star Moms gather in Grand Junction
Hundreds of military moms from across the country are gathering in Grand Junction this week for the Blue Star Mothers of America convention.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Hundreds of military moms from across the country are gathering in Grand Junction this week for the Blue Star Mothers of America convention. The organization centers on raising money and support for veterans and soldiers currently in uniform. The Blue Star president says that once you have a child in the military, you, in a sense, adopt many more troops.
"We are the mothers. Once you have one in there, they're all your kids. Our main message is it support these troops and veterans in any way, whether it's legislative actions or support with money," says president Wendy Hoffman.
Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha spoke to the mother's Thursday afternoon about the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, from which many troops suffer.
Friday, the organization will be fundraising to build homes for wounded warriors. This is the first time in 68 years that Grand Junction has hosted the event.


Blue Star Moms gather in Grand Junction

krextv.com - Blue Star Mothers Hold National Convention in Grand Junction

krextv.com - Blue Star Mothers Hold National Convention in Grand Junction
Grand Junction, Colo.
Mothers from across the country whose sons and daughters are serving in the armed services have made their way to Grand Junction. The Blue Star Mothers of America is holding its national convention at the DoubleTree Hotel. The convention allows the 68-year-old nonprofit organization to take care of formal business, including electing new officers and making amendments in their charter.
But more importantly, it allows mothers who understand each other’s struggles to come together.

Blue Star Mothers 68th Annual Convention

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Q2 KTVQ | Billings, Montana - News, Weather, Sports | Golf Tournament helps Blue Star Mothers, veterans

HUNTLEY, Mont. - A group of mothers with children serving in the military came together today for a good cause.
The Big Sky Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America raised money to help veterans and current service members during a golf tournament.
The Yellowstone Roadway Transportation at the Pryor Creek Golf Course.
The Big Sky Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers was founded about year ago to give mothers a chance to support veterans, their military children and each other.
"It's kind of a place for us to connect," said Kari Longshore, 2nd vice-president of the Big Sky Blue Star Mothers of America."A place to kind of cry and laugh and share, and pray for one another's kids and love one another's kids. It's really hard for the Moms when the kids first get deployed. And we also welcome military wives and kind of help them through their deployments as well."
The tournament drew 73 players and raised about five-thousand dollars.
Half the money will be used to help wounded veterans.


Q2 KTVQ | Billings, Montana - News, Weather, Sports | Golf Tournament helps Blue Star Mothers, veterans

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Blue Star Mothers coming to Buffalo-Niagara - YNN, Your News Now

Amherst, NY - Inspired by her sons Ryan, who is serving in Iraq, and David, who is serving in Afghanistan, Catherine Chapman of Amherst is starting a Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America.

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Blue Star Mothers coming to Buffalo-Niagara - YNN, Your News Now

"This is our way of saying thank you to those men and women who have answered the call and have stepped up to the plate and who do believe in what they're doing," said Chapman.
The Blue Star Mothers are mothers who currently have or have had children honorably serving in the military. Chapman learned about the organization after her sons enlisted. She joined a chapter in Chautauqua County in March around the same time she lost her job. It was then she decided to focus her energy on starting one in the Buffalo-Niagara region.
"It's well worth it," said Chapman. "It's been a lot of work but it's been a lot of fun too along the way, and I've met some absolutely wonderful people."
Blue Star Mothers are more than a support group. They collect items for care packages and have a "Greetings from Home" campaign as well. Chapman sews pillowcases with the goal of putting one in each care package. "This helps to boost their morale to know that somebody really cares, and we're not forgotten and we're not doing this for nothing," said Chapman.
Blue Star Mothers also tend to the needs of veterans. Chapman expects to complete the Blue Star charter application Tuesday night. That's when she'll encourage others to join the group at an informational meeting at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on Amherst Street in Buffalo. For additional information people can visit www.NY7BuffaloNiagaraBSM@yahoo.com.
"This has helped me personally to be able to, like I said, not only give back to the troops and show them appreciation, but it's also helping me to understand that I'm not alone in this," said Chapman.
Chapman proudly flies her flags and displays a blue star banner in the window of her Amherst home, one star for each son. She's looking forward to sharing her patriotic pride with a new chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Stars and Stripes at Old Navy



In conjunction with Old Navy's annual Support our Troops event in Grand Junction, The Grand Valley Blue Star Mothers have an informational table available while also collecting care package donations. Anyone who brings an item into the store that is listed on the GVBSM item list and donates it to the Blue Star Mothers will receive a coupon for 10% off their Old Navy purchase.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Military Support Group Created in WNY

Catherine Chapman of Amherst and Christina Ball of Royalton are two proud mothers. Chapman has two sons serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and Ball's son Jeffrey just completed a tour of duty in Iraq, and in now based at Fort Drum. The mothers have now teamed up to create a new chapter of The Blue Star Mothers of America in the Buffalo Niagara Region. The national non-profit organization consists of mother who have children serving in any branch of the military and helps support them and their families. Organizers of this new chapter hope to link up with other groups to send care packages, cards, letters, and other items to our servicemen and servicewomen who are serving overseas.

New Military Support Group Created in WNY | WKBW News 7: News, Sports, Weather - Buffalo, New York | Local News

wgrz.com | Buffalo, NY | Amherst Mom Starts Local Chapter of Military Support Group

With 2 sons deployed, Catherine Cunningham of Amherst wanted support from other local Moms who had kids overseas but quickly realized the closest local chapter of the Blue Stars Mother's Organization was in Chautauqua County... so she started a new chapter for Erie and Niagara counties.
The Blue Star Mother's Organization was started in 1942 in Flint, Michigan by a few mothers' who were looking for support while their sons were overseas. Throughout the past years, the group has grown to encompass other family members. The group is known to collect items for care packages to send to troops, hold meetings for emotional support during deployment periods and ultimately, bring families together that are dealing with relatives serving in war.


wgrz.com | Buffalo, NY | Amherst Mom Starts Local Chapter of Military Support Group

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Central Supports Blue Star Mothers

By Lindsey Pyburn
The money raised by this year’s Cookin’ in Central was used to support several different organizations. During their annual Gold Star Mothers banquet this year, $4000 of the total funds from Cookin’ was awarded to the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers. Blue Star Mothers dates back to World War I when the families of active duty military placed the Blue Star Flag in the windows of their homes. The group waned after World War II, but became popular again after 9/11. The tradition of using the Blue Star Flag is still observed amongst the members of the organization. The group gives the mothers of active duty military a place to connect with others going through the same situations and allows them to participate in activities that benefit current and past military personnel.
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Central Supports Blue Star Mothers | CentralSpeaks.com

Healing Field of Honor draws crowd to ceremony

Healing Field of Honor draws crowd to ceremony

NORTH KINGSVILLE — With 400 U.S. flags lined in rows on a grassy field at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, the Healing Field of Honor serves as a memorial to men and women who have served our nation to preserve its security and freedom. ...

Healing Field of Honor draws crowd to ceremony » Local News » The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

The Blue Star Mothers, a nonprofit veterans service organization of mothers who now have, or have had, children serving honorably in the military, read the names of those honored with a flag.

Guest speaker Gary Minadeo, American Legion Ninth District Commander, reminded the crowd the U.S. was founded on God and country. He encouraged everyone to talk to their children and grandchildren about the founders of our country and those who sacrificed their lives to uphold the Constitution.

“In battle, you are putting your life on the line to protect an ideal — the Constitution of the United States of America,” he said. “Talk to your children about faith and country.”

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blue Star Mothers visit Kirtland AFB

6/11/2010 - Cheri Bibeau looks into the cockpit of an F-16 from the New Mexico Air National Guard during a recent visit of the Blue Star Mothers. Photo by Penny Huston

Blue Star Mothers visit Kirtland AFB

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Blue Star Mother's of NH Family Day Veterans Fundraiser at Cheshire Fair Grounds in Swanzey, NH - Zvents

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Blue Star Mother's of NH Family Day Veterans Fundraiser
Saturday, July 24 1:30p
at Cheshire Fair Grounds, Swanzey, NH
Fees for the use of Eventbrite are added in addition to the $15.00 entry fee. By doing this, Blue Star Mother's is not loosing $1.36 per ticket sale. Thank you for your understanding and your donation.
This will be a state wide fundaiser for Blue Star Mother's of NH.
There will be a key note speaker, many fun activties for families, music, event sponsors will be exhibiting at the fundraiser in support of all Veteran's. read more
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Fees for the use of Eventbrite are added in addition to the $15.00 entry fee. By doing this, Blue Star Mother's is not loosing $1.36 per ticket sale. Thank you for your understanding and your donation.
This will be a state wide fundaiser for Blue Star Mother's of NH.
There will be a key note speaker, many fun activties for families, music, event sponsors will be exhibiting at the fundraiser in support of all Veteran's.
Bring a lawn chair or two, blanket, sunscreen and enjoy a great afternoon supporting our Veteran's in & from New Hampshire.
This event will be held rain or shine! Will be rescheduled only in the event of severe thunder storms!"

Friday, June 11, 2010

Grizz Bowl 2010: Bigger and badder than ever

Grizz Bowl 2010: Bigger and badder than ever: "The Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms will be on hand making their second appearance at the event. The moms are scheduled to sell their delectable five fan favorites.
These sweet treats are $1 each and include Rice Krispie treats, chocolate chip cookies, frosted sugar cookies, brownies and cupcakes.
The mothers will also be tossing patriotic beach balls and miniature footballs into the crowd to keep energy levels high.
All proceeds from sweet treat sales will be put in the group’s general fund, which provides support for troops serving their county, veterans and the Susanville chapter of Blue Star Moms.
The group has grown tremendously according to chapter president Christine Boyd. The moms are currently at 68 members.
The Susanville chapter ranks at No. 5 out of the 21 chapters in California ahead of San Diego, Fresno, Yuba City and Lancaster. Nationwide the chapter is ranked 11th out of 215 for membership.
“I guess someone forgot to tell us we were a small town,” said Boyd. “The support that we have received from this community is incredible. There is so much pride and patriotism here. The Blue Star Mothers date back to 1942 and to be a part of that history means everything to me.”
Boyds son, Lane Morrow, recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and Boyd could not be happier.
Donna Spaan, another Blue Star Mother, spoke of her son Justin who is serving as a combat medic for the U.S. Army in Basra, Iraq.
“I have raised my children wanting to volunteer, to give of themselves more than they have received. I stand in awe of what my son is doing.”"

Vollies May Get $50,000 from Assemblyman | GerritsenBeach.net

"Now for some good vollie news!
The Gerrittsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department may receive a $50,000 grant from the state assembly to help with the structural upkeep of the Blue Star Mothers Hall at 43 Seba Avenue.
As of right now the Vollies are being cautiously optimistic because they still have to fill out the appropriate paperwork, jump a hoop or two but in the end it sounds like they will get the money.
Although $50,000 sounds like a lot of money, it is specifically earmarked for the building and not for any other expense.
Don’t think that you shouldn’t give whatever you can to the Vollies because they are rolling in money cause they are not."

Vollies May Get $50,000 from Assemblyman GerritsenBeach.net:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Blue Star Moms to collect food, toiletries

Staff Report
Posted: 05/23/2010 10:12:25 PM PDT


The Blue Star Moms of Marin will collect donations of food and toiletries that will be used to assemble care packages for combat military personnel.
Donations can be made between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 5 at Safeway at 1 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. Blue Star Moms will be on hand to provide a list of requested items before individuals start shopping.
For information, e-mail info@bluestarmomsofmarin.org."

Blue Star Moms to collect food, toiletries - Marin Independent Journal: "Blue Star Moms to collect food, toiletries

Yuba City Dance: Blue Star Moms Gala on Saturday 6/5

Saturday, June 5 6:00p to Sunday, June 6 12:00a
at Sutter County Veteran's Hall, Yuba City, CA
USO Themed Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction to benefit the Tri Counties Blue Star Moms who support our troops with care packages and their children with Mommy and Daddy Dolls - free of change. The event also benefits Home for Our Troops - they build, free of charge, homes for severely injured combat soldiers and Marines."

Yuba City Dance: Blue Star Moms Gala on Saturday 6/5 - Appeal-Democrat

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Havasu onlookers come to honor, cheer on vets

By NATHAN BRUTTELL
Today's News-Herald
Published Wednesday, May 19, 2010 11:15 PM MST
They ride for those who cannot . And because he could not, Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Holland, of Lake Havasu City, knew he had to see the Run to the Wall riders come through Mohave County Wednesday afternoon."

“This is about them and about what they’ve done,” Holland said. “Someday
I’ll be a veteran but right now I’m here to support them.”Lake Havasu Blue Star
Mothers President Kimberly Nier said the welcome party was simply a “way of
showing our support in any way we can.”“This is the third year we’ve been coming
out here to do this,” she said. “It just gets bigger and better every year.
Seeing these trucks and bikes drive by is just really inspiring and we need to
let them know how much what they did means to us.”


Today's News-Herald - Serving Lake Havasu City & The Lower Colorado River Area

Area troops deploying Sunday

"By Marty Touchette
Daily Review Atlas
Posted May 19, 2010 @ 10:01 PM

MONMOUTH — Units from the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery will be deploying Sunday for the Sinai Peninsula. The deployment will involve units from Milan, Galesburg and Macomb with several individuals from the Monmouth area.

The Macomb unit will be traveling north on US Route 67, through Good Hope, past Roseville, Monmouth, and through Viola. People in the Monmouth area who wish to send off the units should gather at the North Junction (US Routes 67 and 34) no later than 9 a.m.

Sunday. Blue Star Mothers of America member Megan Grant will have approximately 25 American flags on hand to help well wishers show their support."

Area troops deploying Sunday - Monmouth, IL - Daily Review Atlas:

Blue Star Mothers honor members of the Armed Forces

"A group in the Grand Strand honored the Armed Forces in a special way on Saturday.
The Blue Star Mothers, a group of about 30 moms of active duty military, gathered at the Veterans Café and Grill behind the Market Common. While there, they placed pictures of their sons and daughters on one of the walls of the restaurant."
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Blue Star Mothers honor members of the Armed Forces - WMBFNews.com Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC News, Weather, Sports:

Military families make sacrifices for all of us

The Daily Local News : Serving Chester County: "Chester County Commissioners' Chairwoman Carol Aichele knows what it means to be in a military family. Her husband served in the U.S. Navy when they were first married, and she lived the life of a navy bride. Her son chose also to serve in the military, and has spent time overseas in the Persian Gulf conflict.

And although one could not accuse Aichele of being someone who spends too much time looking backward and not forward, she makes a point when discussing the difference between those families whose children are fighting our country's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those who fought our nation's war against germany, Italy and Japan."

"Unfortunately, the public has a very short memory," Aichele said at a ceremony last month declaring May to be Blue Star Mothers' Month, in honor of the organization that supports those families who have sons and daughters on active duty overseas in time of war.
Aichele pointed out that when the Blue Star Mothers organization began in 1942,
more than 60 percent of all American families had family members in the service;
now, less than 1 percent do.
What that adds up to is that service families at times feel adrift in a world that does not always recognize the sacrifices that they are making.

UMES Vets Information Fair

"PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Veterans on the Lower Eastern Shore had a chance to learn about information that could help them both as they return home from a deployment, and as they get older.
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs held an information muster at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore's Richard Henson Center on May 22. Groups were handing out information not only to veterans, but to their families as well. Among those groups were the Delmarva Blue Star Mothers, which provide support for families with loved ones serving overseas, along with medical groups with locations to help returning soldiers cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans have a right to utilize these resources."

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

For Wounded Veteran, New Home a Gift of Independence

Iraq veteran and double-amputee Frank Pierson hasn’t had it easy since a projectile hit the vehicle he was driving in Baghdad, Iraq in March 2008. But he has a lot to look forward to.
Construction began in Plainfield on Friday on a new home for Pierson and his wife, Arielle, that will make it easier for Pierson to get around. Having lost both his legs, Pierson is confined to a wheelchair. The couple currently lives with Arielle’s mother in a house that makes it difficult for Frank to get from room to room.
"Being independent is a huge thing," he said in an interview for Homes for our Troops, the organization that is sponsoring the construction. "I don’t like people helping me all the time. With a new house, it would limit that."
The house is designed for Pierson and his chair. Some of its features include a waist-high stove in the kitchen, and a roll-in shower in the bathroom.

Source: For Wounded Veteran, New Home a Gift of Independence | NBC Chicago

Sunday, May 16, 2010

OK Parade for Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

Supporters came out in full force for Del City's 25th annual armed forces day and Shriners' parade. Some of the folks marching included Blue Star Mothers, women with children in the military. The rain failed to slow the parade, which showed support for all sections of the military.

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Sea to Shining Sea — Ride Across America

Group of Injured Veterans to Bicycle
Sea to Shining Sea — Ride Across America Led by World T.E.A.M. Sports
State Farm® sponsors cross-country ride to honor our nation’s service men and women and their commitment to being there for our country

SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2010 – A team of exceptional athletes, many of whom are wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans representing all military branches, will depart from the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, May 22 for World T.E.A.M. Sports’ inaugural bike trek across America called Sea to Shining Sea. The goal of Sea to Shining Sea is to honor the courage of our service men and women, recognize the strength of the American spirit and challenge perceptions of how we view athletes. The ride will conclude in Virginia Beach on July 24.

Wounded Warriors are riding from SF across the US! Alameda County Blue Star Moms and the Pacifica Military Moms will be providing breakfast to the riders. If you would like to donate please bring your donation to the Veterans Hall in Niles on the 19th of May between 6 pm and 8 pm.
The press release has crossed the media wires!Below is the link to the press release, fact sheet, and ride itinerary. http://www.pwrnewmedia.com/2010/statefarm_00506/index.html
Please encourage folks to come out and rally, cheer these heroes on as they ride through each town! Please help spread the word with your military supporters to celebrante and honor these men and women.


State Farm | For Immediate Release

Resounding Dedication


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The sacrifice of American troops was recognized across the country Saturday. A Color Guard paid tribute to the millions of American heroes at the old Mesa County Courthouse. One veteran's effort to honor fallen soldiers is ringing out across the Grand Valley.

Rain could not deter a flag line of veterans from saluting troops who bravely served their country. "They are there to protect us. They step up, whether it's in the face of fire or if it's in peacetime," says Wendy Hoffman, Blue Star Mothers of America.

Accounts of soldiers who sacrificed everything God gave them were read to the crowd. Vietnam vet Bill Davis devotedly rings a 1,100 pound bell for each name. "It's a tradition that goes back five centuries to honor a fallen warrior," says Davis, also a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Funds needed to raise fallen soldier's memorial roadside signs


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Senator Josh Penry paid tribute to a fallen Grand Junction soldier on the last day of the legislative session, and a portion of I–70 will be renamed for Cpl. Wade Oglesby who was killed by a roadside bomb in 2007.

Signage will designate the first 10 miles of I–70 on this side of the Utah border as the Wade Oglesby Citizen Hero Memorial Highway.

However, the signs will be paid for with gifts, grants and donations.

If you’d like to help get those signs up, you can contact Grand Valley Blue Star Mothers for more information.



Funds needed to raise fallen soldier's memorial roadside signs

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blue Star Mothers of America Monthly Meeting > Lansing, MI >

Events > Blue Star Mothers of America Monthly Meeting > Lansing, MI > Lansing State Journal: "whose children are or have served the U.S. Military. Serving Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia and Shiawassee counties. Call or e-mail BSMDewitt@yahoo.com for more information."

Captain Paul W. Peña honored at tree dedication - San Marcos Local News

"On May 1, an oak tree on the San Marcos Baptist Academy (SMBA) was dedicated in honor of Captain Paul Peña, a 2000 graduate of the school who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Jan. 19.
More than 100 people were at the ceremony, including Paul’s mother Ms. Cecelia Peña, representatives of Paul’s former Boy Scout troop, soldiers who served with him in the U.S. Army, representatives of his alma mater West Point, an honor guard and a color guard from SMBA’s Bear Battalion, as well as many friends, family members and current and former SMBA faculty and staff.
The plaque adorning the tree was given to SMBA by the Canyon Lake Area Blue Star Mothers. Ms. Peña is a part of the organization. The Blue Star Mothers also presented Ms. Peña with a Gold Star Banner signifying that a soldier has given the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of America."
more... Captain Paul W. Peña honored at tree dedication - San Marcos Local News:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Blue Star Mothers Group Helps Soldier's Families

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Dozens gathered in Kasson today to show their support for those throughout the state who are serving or have served.
The Blue Star Mothers group is giving hope and strength to the very mothers who created it.
'Steven is very caring, courageous, as all of the soldiers,' said military mom, Pauline Berg.
Steven is Pauline's 19-year old son who is currently deployed in Africa.
'It's his first taste of getting deployed and our first taste of having him gone,' said Berg.
And that's why Berg has joined Blue Star Mothers.
On Saturday, members as far away as Duluth came together in Kasson."

KAALtv.com - Blue Star Mothers Group Helps Soldier's Families:

6th Annual Gold Star Mothers Luncheon

"The Gold Star Mothers are mothers of those soldiers who have lost their lives in combat. This group, along with the Blue Star Mothers, was one of the recipients of funds from this year's Cookin' in Central. More..."6th Annual Gold Star Mothers Luncheon CentralSpeaks.com:

New veteran "honored" to help old veterans get once in a lifetime opportunity

"Tuesday morning, more than 100 local World War II veterans will take off on a whirlwind trip that will bring them face-to-face with the World War II Memorial in Washington DC."

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New veteran "honored" to help old veterans get once in a lifetime opportunity:

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Tuesday morning, more than 100 local World War II veterans will take off on a whirlwind trip that will bring them face-to-face with the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. Another group of folks will be joining them to help move them from place to place -- a group who says they're honored to do that job.
Five-and-a-half months into his six month tour of Iraq, Marine Bryan Chambers' unit was hit by an IED.
"It was a pretty big IED," says Chambers. "It flipped a 14 ton vehicle, ripped a three ton engine and threw it like 40 yards."
One soldier in the vehicle with him was killed and he lost part of his leg. But the man who spent the better part of a year overcoming that kind of adversity says he was troubled to hear about an issue facing another group of veterans.
"They've never even seen their memorial," says Chambers. "Some of them just came back home and they've stayed in the Grand Junction area for their whole life since coming back from war."
Chambers first heard about Honor Flight from his sister. After he learned what it was the group did, he decided he wanted to help World War II veterans see the symbol of their country's appreciation before they're gone for good.
"They were on the beaches of Normandy -- that's on a whole different level," says Chambers. "That's just my way of thanking them for it."
Chambers says he's excited to be part of this experience. And as a new vet himself, he hopes he gets just as much out of seeing the World War II memorial as the World War II vets do.
"You see it when you're by yourself and it's just one those 'yeah, that's kind of cool things,'" says Chambers. "But when you actually see that with someone who was there I think it's that much better."

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Disabled Veteran Receiving New Home, Independence - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

Disabled Veteran Receiving New Home, Independence - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver: "ELIZABETH, Colo. -- The Homes For Our Troops building brigade is hard at work in Elizabeth, constructing a handicap accessible home for Marine Lance Cpl. Kade Hinkhouse, who lost his right leg while serving in Iraq."

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Santa Clara Weekly: Blue Star Moms Raise $10K for Care Packages for Troops at Sold Out Spaghetti Feed


"By Diane Andrews

The South Bay Blue Star Moms 4th Annual Spaghetti Feed April 17 to raise money for care packages for the troops brought in about $10,000—an impressive amount to raise through ticket sales, a silent auction, and raffle donations. Additionally, instead of passing the hat, a pair of well-used combat boots was passed.

Star-shaped red, white, and blue balloons were anchored to the tables at St. Justin Catholic Church, Santa Clara, for the dinner organized for the fourth year by Blue Star mom Robbie Hansen. Guitarists with StrummingForVets.org, a group of veterans using guitar therapy to ease the trauma of war, provided music."
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A Salute to Military Moms


Low Country Blue Star Mothers in Bluffton

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blue Star Moms list unforgotten veterans

Blue Star Moms list unforgotten veterans » Recent Local News » Evening News and Tribune: "Southern IN Blue Star Mothers recently offered Southern Indiana families an opportunity to recognize or honor friends and families that serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The group can still be reached about their holiday plans to honor veterans by contacting Vanessa Coulter, P.O. Box 2943, Clarksville IN 47131-2943 or via e-mail at inbluestarmom@insightbb.com."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Home to be built for injured veteran - The Denver Post


Homes for our Troops and Douglas Colony Group will spend three days building a new home for a war-injured veteran.
Douglas Colony, which specializes in roofing, metals, solar and waterproofing, is donating the building materials and labor. Aaron Lovelace of Western Classic Desing LLC is the general contractor. Work on the house is scheduled to start April 30.
The home is being built in the Wild Point Subdivision in Elizabeth for Marine Lance Cpl. Kade Hinkhouse, who served in Ramadi, Iraq. In 2005, while patrolling on a late-night mission, the vehicle Hinkhouse was riding in was hit by an explosive device. The Humvee exploded and Hinkhouse was ejected, leaving him with a skull fracture, collapsed lungs and a severe leg injury.
Margaret Jackson, The Denver Post

Blue Star Mothers of America, National President, along with Denver, Grand Valley and Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers chapters will be helping with this build.




Home to be built for injured veteran - The Denver Post

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Military moms collecting cash for Memorial Day care packages

"Boots and bullets are always available, but the military doesn’t issue candy and chewing gum to its troops on the front lines.
The Queen City Blue Star Mothers is providing deployed American service members with the comforts of home this Memorial Day, and the fledgling group is seeking donations to help defray the cost of sending nearly two-dozen care packages.

“We can all go to the convenience store and get a Coke or a candy bar or a book or a magazine or whatever we want, but they can’t do that in Afghanistan,” said Tammie Hayes, the group’s founder. “It’s nice to send them a little piece of home.”
Organizers hope to send 20 care packages to deployed service members later this month. The gifts take three to four weeks to reach the troops and will be sent so they arrive on or before Memorial Day.
“It brightens their day to get something that has nothing to do with the war or with what’s going on,” Hayes said. “It’s just something from home.”
The packages will be stuffed with books, magazines, snacks, prepaid phone cards and small games such as dominoes. Some may also include squeeze balls for stress relief, compact discs and coffee."

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Charity game raises funds for those who assist U.S. troops

"Chillicothe Gazette
34 hours ago Article ID# 438138
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Blue Star Mothers
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO (Chillicothe Gazette) - Competitive sports revolves around classic rivalries.

Duke and North Carolina in college basketball. Ohio State and Michigan in college football. Red Sox/Yankees, Lakers/Celtics, you name it, they draw attention whenever they are played."

In this grudge match, however, the final score really wasn't important. The
real winner in this charity event is the Blue Star Mothers organization, whose
purpose holds a special place in the hearts of many area public safety
personnel.

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GoBlueRidge.net - Blue Star Mothers of the High Country Sending Supplies to Military Personnel Overseas - Constantly Updated High Country NC News Source

"10:07 a.m. - The Blue Star Mothers of the High Country are collecting items to send in boxes to military personnel overseas.
Debbie Branch of the Blue Star Mothers said they plan on sending items like cotton balls, eye drops, snack crackers, canned air, dried fruit, jerky, hard candy, playing cards and other related items.

Residents can drop off these items in the red, white and blue boxes at both front entrances of Boone United Methodist Church through Thursday.

Branch said the Blue Star Mothers will have a packing party to prepare the boxes to ship overseas on Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Boone United Methodist Church."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kurdistan Regional Government Representative Attends Iraq Liberation Day Ceremony

"WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq's Representative to the United States, Qubad Talabani addressed the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery commemorating Iraq Liberation Day on Friday, April 9. Members of American and Iraqi forces, including members of the Peshmerga, attended the event, alongside veterans and family of those soldiers who have fallen in support of Iraq's freedom.

'On this day, it is appropriate and right for us to commemorate the sacrifices made to liberate Iraq from decades of brutal tyranny under Saddam Hussein,' said Mr. Talabani.
'So to be absolutely clear: Iraq thanks you. I thank you. And the people of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, most of all, thank you.'"

During the ceremony, members of American and Iraqi forces laid wreaths at the joint gravesite of fallen soldiers from the U.S. and Iraq. Ms. Hayyam Sami Mahdi Al-Shather and Ms. Debra Argel-Bastian, whose husbands are buried at the site, attended and spoke at the event. Iraqi Air force Captain Ali Abbas Rubaie, Ms. Al-Shather's deceased husband, is the only Iraqi buried at Arlington Cemetery.

Other speakers included General Nasier Arkan Abadi, Vice Chief of Staff, Iraqi Joint Forces of the Republic of Iraq; U.S. Brigadier General Judd Lyons, Adjutant General of Nebraska; and Ms. Wendy Hoffman, National President of Blue Star Mothers of America.

Kurdistan Regional Government Representative Attends Iraq Liberation Day Ceremony -- WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --:

Yellow Ribbon event helps prepare soldiers, family for mobilization

"By Tammy Pearson
Nebraska City News Press
Posted Apr 11, 2010 @ 01:34 PM
Last update Apr 11, 2010 @ 01:48 PM
Nebraska City, Neb. — When members of the 192nd Military Police Detachment, which is based in Nebraska City, are mobilized May 22, they will have many concerns on their minds — not the least of which will be the family they are leaving behind.

Putting their minds at ease is one of the most important goals of the “Yellow Ribbon” pre-mobilization event held Sunday, said 1st Lt. Joseph Sanchez, the unit’s commander.

The event, held at Northside Elementary School, provided the soldiers and their families with briefings on a variety of topics ranging from medical coverage to personal finances, child and youth services, and “emotional cycles of deployment.”

“Everyone worries about family when deployed,” said Sanchez. The briefings help “put their minds at ease knowing there are resources and support available” for their families.

“It alleviates the stress on the service member so he or she can focus on the mission and returning safely,” said Sanchez.

“We know if there’s an issue (back home), there will be help available,” said Sanchez."
A variety of organizations had informational booths available at the Yellow Ribbon event including veterans groups, the Nebraska Ministerial Association, and several Department of Defense organizations that provide services to military members and families, such as the Joint Family Support Assistance Program and the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

The Nebraska City chapter of Blue Star Mothers was also represented. Paula
Waterfield and Lucille Sharp, both of whom have sons in the military, manned the
booth to share information about the support the group offers to family
members.Anyone with a family member in the military can join the group, they
said.

Waterfield’s son has served in the military for 21 years and is currently in Iraq. Sharp’s son has served 17 years and will be stationed in Heidelberg, Germany soon.Both women said representing Blue Star Mothers is a way they can serve those who serve their country. The group also sends packages overseas to support the military.With members of the 192nd Military Police Detachment coming from a wide area, most do not have family in Nebraska City; however, the community is important to the unit’s members, Sanchez said.

Yellow Ribbon event helps prepare soldiers, family for mobilization - Nebraska City, NE - Nebraska City News-Press:

Treasure Valley Chapter Blue Star Mothers of America

"Treasure Valley Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America meets the first Wednesday each month, 6 pm, at VFW Post 63 located at 3308 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City. This military support group is comprised of mothers of enlisted personnel or those who have previously honorably served. Ongoing service projects are underway for both enlisted personnel and military veterans. For more information about this nonprofit service organization please call 208-939-8883 or visit the chapter website at www.treasurevalleybluestarmothers.org. New members welcome!"

Treasure Valley Chapter Blue Star Mothers of America :: Idaho Press-Tribune Community Calendar:

Motorcycle club aids Blue Star Mothers

"Staff Report
Posted: 04/12/2010 11:46:18 PM PDT


The Rip City Riders motorcycle club recently made a $3,000 donation to the Blue Star Mothers of Marin in the name of U.S. Army Spc. Jake Velloza, a soldier from Inverness who died in Iraq in May 2009.
Velloza's parents, Susan and Robert Velloza, were present at the donation ceremony and are Gold Star members of the Blue Star group, signifying that they lost a member of their family in the line of military duty. A fund in Velloza's name was established.
The group also gathers items to send to troops overseas. To donate or learn more about Blue Star Moms of Marin, check www.bluestarmomsofmarin.org or call 898-0133."

Motorcycle club aids Blue Star Mothers - Marin Independent Journal:

Friday, April 2, 2010

Family gives hero's welcome to Air Force daughter

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- A hero's welcome. That's what three soldiers got as their returned home to their families on Friday.
But for one family, the wait has been longer than most.
The Andersons, who see their daughter about once a year, welcomed her home. The visit will only last four days, but the family says they'll make every minute count.
Andrea Anderson flew home from Omaha, Nebraska. She'll be home for the weekend before heading off to Washington, D.C. to start a language class.
The 11-year Air Force Sergeant last visited her family around this time last year. Despite rarely seeing her daughter, Diana Anderson says she's very proud of Andrea's accomplishments.


Family gives hero's welcome to Air Force daughter - KJCT8.com - Grand Junction, Montrose - Weather, News, Sports |

Blue Star Mothers Offer Home Front Support

Family Focus: Blue Star Mothers Offer Home Front Support - Video - WSOC Charlotte

New chapter starting

Cenla Blue Star Mothers group to meet Monday, April 5 |

 "The Cenla Blue Star Mothers group is meeting Monday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m at Ryan's in Pineville."
The group will meet the first Monday of each month
Cenla Blue Star Mothers is composed of mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military.
The non-profit veterans service organization members support their military children while promoting patriotism.
Cenla Blue Star Mothers group to meet Monday, April 5 thetowntalk.com The Town Talk:

Blue Star Mothers to Meet Next Weekend

"6:44 a.m. - A meeting for military mothers will be held next Sunday, April 11.
According to president of the local Blue Star Mothers organization, the meeting will be held at the National Guard Armory at 2:00 p.m.

The Blue Star Mothers is a support organization for mothers of military sons or daughters serving in any branch of service who live in Ashe, Avery or Watauga County.

You can E-mail Branch at branchfamily@earthlink.net for more information about how to get involved with Blue Star Mothers of the High Country."
GoBlueRidge.net - Blue Star Mothers to Meet Next Weekend - Constantly Updated High Country NC News Source:

Local Easter Events

"EGGSTRAVAGANZA — April 3
Breakfast, egg hunt, carnival. Donations will benefit Blue Star Mothers' program for care packages to troops abroad. 9 am.-noon. Trinity United Presbyterian Church , 1600 Carver Road , Modesto. Donation. 529-3228."
Local Easter Events - Faith & Values - Modbee.com:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Parents of military offspring discover online connection: New Blue Star Mothers chapter offers a hand to those with children in harm's way

"Mar. 27--From pugil stick drill to rifle practice, Tammie Hayes of Belmont watched her son tough it out in Army basic training.
On Facebook.
The social networking page had been set up at Fort Jackson, S.C., near Columbia, so parents could monitor the making of soldiers.
As Facebook friends got to know each other, Hayes heard about Blue Star Mothers of America Inc., a support group for people with children in the military.
When she couldn't find a local chapter, she started one.
With roots going back to World War II when military moms displayed blue banners in their windows, the national nonprofit has 10 chapters in North Carolina and seven in South Carolina.
Hayes, 44, has organized North Carolina's 11th chapter -- Queen City Blue Star Mothers, serving Gaston County and the Charlotte area. Seven people showed up at the first meeting this week. They talked about sharing concerns and raising money for such projects as shipping care packages to troops overseas by Memorial Day."

Parents of military offspring discover online connection: New Blue Star Mothers chapter offers a hand to those with children in harm's way:

National American Legion Commander Clarence Hill

SC"National American Legion Commander Clarence Hill, and Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina, Carol Dion, Rita Parks, Jane Gale and Sharon Russell."

PATSY'S POCKETS OF PEACE: JUST BELOW THE SURFACE

"I was in Nashville for the past few days. I did not see the Grand Ole Opry or the Ryman or the 'bat' building."

I did see the airport, the Holiday Inn Express, and Lipscomb University. And I also saw that in the 'time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.' (William McKinley). I saw that there are many, many others who, in recognition of the selfless service in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, love and care for our veterans, and that there are passionate people out there such as Lipscomb University, Challenge America, Operation Standdown, Share Care, Blue Star Mothers of America, Dive Heart, The Shield Foundation, The Kessler Foundation, Folds of Honor Foundation, Challenge Aspen, Wounded Warrior Project, Penny's from Heaven Foundation, Inc. and others standing by their sides and fostering solutions for transition from battlefield to home front.

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Happening Today

"Blue Star Mothers of America are looking for family and friends who have loved ones serving in the United States Military. They are welcome to the monthly meeting, the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Bucks County Courthouse Community Room, Doylestown. Information: bluestarmothers.com or call 215-723-4935."
Happening Today - The Times Herald Life: Norristown, PA and Montgomery County (timesherald.com):

Dallas community calendar |

"Blue Star Mothers of America, Lone Star Chapter 6, meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday each month at First United Methodist Church of Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway. Parents who have or have had children on active duty are invited. Call 972-897-9250, e-mail charla@hagardproperties.com, or visit www.dfwbluestar moms.org. Drop-off points for troop care-package items are Fire Station No. 30, 11381 Zodiac Lane, Dallas; Fire Station No. 6, 900 Seabrook Drive, Plano; and Fire Station No. 1, 136 N. Greenville Ave., Richardson."Dallas community calendar News for Dallas, Texas Dallas Morning News Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth Dallas Morning News:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dodge BSM spearheads effort - Dodge City, KS

y Don Steele
Posted Mar 23, 2010 @ 12:00 PM
An organizational meeting to charter a southwest Kansas chapter of Blue Star Mothers is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dodge City VFW, 901 N. 13th Ave.
Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. is a nonpartisan, non-political organization created as a support system for mothers with children in military service. Member chapters participate in a number of national projects.
Spearheading efforts to organize the southwest Kansas chapter is Margaret Butcher, whose son, James, is currently stationed in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. James is an Army Ranger based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
"James went into the Army right out of Dodge City High School in 2006," Butcher said in a recent phone interview. "It was something he had been planning since he was six or seven years old."
For the full story, go to dodgecitydailyglobe.ks.newsmemory.com.


Dodge BSM spearheads effort - Dodge City, KS - Dodge City Daily Globe

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Program to honor vets cut

TAMI BREHSE
TBREHSE@KJCT8.COM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - One local woman is fighting to save a program that honors military families. The Freedom Team Salute program gives recognition to parents, spouses and supporters of members of the military, as well as retired veterans. But a funding shortage is shutting it down.

"The funding was withdrawn and the program was terminated," says Blue Star Mothers president Wendy Hoffman. "There hasn't really been any explanation."

Hoffman says the salute was a way to let vets know someone still cares.

"The Korean War vets, they call that the forgotten war," Hoffman explains. "For someone to come in and give them the salute, its like they're no longer forgotten."

The program got $7 million in funding last year--this year it's getting nothing.

Volunteers say the cost is worth it when you see the vets reaction.

"I had one gentleman in a nursing home break down and cry when I gave him the salute," says retired Lieutenant Colonel Jim Rudy. "They haven't heard anything from the army in 40 or 50 years and all of a sudden they're getting this recognition, they're really thankful."

Rudy and Hoffman agree, the most important part of the freedom salute is the chance to say thanks.

"It's not about the paper and the pin," Hoffman says. "It's about the recognition."

If you want to join the effort to bring back the freedom team salute, you can send letters, make phone calls and write emails to Congress' Armed Services Committee.

For contact information, email Jim Rudy at jimrudy@bellsouth.net.





Program to honor vets cut - KJCT8.com - Grand Junction, Montrose - Weather, News, Sports |

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blue Star Mom gives far more than she takes

By Nancy Kaye Contributing writer
When, at the end of 2004, Pat Soler's son, Kyle, decided to enlist as a private in the United States Army, she wasn't surprised. She and her son had talked about it for some time. One month later, she “enlisted” in the Blue Star Moms.
The Solers can be classified as “a giving family.” Rossmoor resident Pat is now volunteering 50 hours a week for the Blue Star Moms; much-awarded Kyle is now a second lieutenant, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; and Pat's daughter, Kelly, is a recent UC Santa Barbara graduate, working as a case manager for a homeless shelter.

And indeed, Soler has supported her son as well as thousands of other military personnel by her full-time activities with the Blue Star Moms. In the 5-1/2 years since she joined the 9,000-member organization, she's put in more hours than if she were in a full-time paid job.
She is the group's national financial secretary and active in the local chapter, located in Danville.


Presently, Soler is ecstatic about Kyle's forthcoming award for being the Army's outstanding officer candidate school graduate for 2009. He will receive it in Fort Benning, Georgia, on March 25, that is if he isn't deployed to Afghanistan before then. And if he is, his mother expects to fill in for him.
more...Rossmoor News

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kingwood Chamber honors nonprofits

"Monday, March 08, 2010
Anne McIlhany
– Annual ‘Lifter’s Lunch’ puts local nonprofits in the spotlight –"

Local nonprofits had a chance to shine at the annual Go Texan Lifter’s Lunch hosted by the Kingwood Chamber of Commerce March 4. The luncheon was held at the Nathaniel Center located in Kingwood, with nearly 300 attendees, and 27 nonprofits honored.
Each participating nonprofit had a booth and a chance to go over their mission statement. Several organizations took part in the event, including: Humble Area Assistance Ministries, Go Red for Women, FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, Including Kids Inc., HealthYes, Young Life, Blue Star Moms, Kingwood Rotary, Kingwood Women’s Club, Animals Always Believe in You, Village Learning & Achievement Center, Kingwood Nutrition, Friends of the Library Kingwood, Houston Airport System, Kingwood Civic Club, and many more.
Members and guests at the event enjoyed visiting the booths, socializing and a delicious lunch provided by Chachi’s Mexican Bar and Grill (located in Kingwood Town Center.)

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Troop supporters plan benefit event

"Staff Report
Posted: 03/07/2010 06:50:13 PM PST

Blue Star Moms of Marin and the Ignacio Rotary Club are teaming up for a Monte Carlo Night fundraiser March 13 at the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. ballroom in Novato.
The Rotary Club has pledged to donate $1,000 to Blue Star Moms if the group can sell 20 tickets at $50 each. The 23rd annual Monte Carlo Night will include a casino, auction, dancing, food and drinks. The event has raised $650,000 through the years. For ticket information, call 899-7341 or send e-mail to ellen_boesner@comcast.net.
For more information about Blue Star Moms, which supports military troops overseas and their families, check www.bluestar momsofmarin.org."

Troop supporters plan benefit event March 13 - Marin Independent Journal:

Casa de Fruta Partners to Send Fruit and Nut Care Packages to Wounded and Deployed U.S. Soldiers

"Casa de Fruta, a family-owned dried fruit and nut grower, is partnering with two non-profit organizations to send care packages filled with healthy snacks, treats and patriotic items to wounded and deployed American soldiers. This collaboration enables donors, via the Casa de Fruta website (www.casadefruta.com), to select the appropriate donor level and gift basket they would like shipped to U.S. soldiers who are either deployed or wounded and recovering in hospitals abroad.

The two organizations partnering with Casa de Fruta are Operation First Response, which will forward the care packages to wounded soldiers in combat hospitals, and Blue Star Moms, which will send the care packages to deployed soldiers. Operation First Response is dedicated to sending care packages to wounded American soldiers in combat support hospitals in Iraq, Germany and other locations around the world, while Blue Star Moms is a support group for military mothers and families in Northern California and is the Bay Area chapter of the national group, Blue Star Moms of America."
Casa de Fruta Partners to Send Fruit and Nut Care Packages to Wounded and Deployed U.S. Soldiers:

Blue Star Mothers embrace new era of soldiers

"As long as the United States is at war, a blue star banner will hang in a window of Vickie LaBonte's home."
LaBonte is president of the Portland chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America. The group wants to see more banners displayed in the homes of military service members in Maine.
The chapter formed after LaBonte began meeting with other mothers of Marines after Sept. 11, 2001. They knew their children would be going into action, wherever it was, and were looking for support. Besides helping one another, the Blue Star Mothers work with other groups aiding service members, veterans and their families.
Even though her son, Stephen Gosselin II, has been out of the Marines for five years, LaBonte wants to keep the momentum going – especially now that more mothers have children serving in Afghanistan.
More... Blue Star Mothers embrace new era of soldiers The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tammy Hayes: A mother on a mission


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Tammie Hayes is a mother on a mission. She emailed both Molly Grantham and Keith Larson letting them know she is starting a chapter of "Blue Star Mothers" for Mecklenburg and Gaston counties.

"Blue Star Mothers" is a support group for mothers who have sons or daughters who are serving in the military overseas.

As Molly and Keith interviewed Hayes, she mentioned dads can join, but they are not allowed to vote.

An entertaining conversation ensued during the WBT radio interview on Thursday, Feb. 25.

If you would like to contact Tammie and help get this chapter started, email her at thayes43@vzw.blackberry.net.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ASU Gammage hosts military family night | ASU News

ASU Gammage hosts military family night ASU News: "ASU Gammage played host to more than 200 members of military families Feb. 16, as it is provided tickets to families of deployed military personnel to attend Broadway performances.
Family members of the deployed and soon-to-be-deployed soldiers from around the state had the opportunity to see the Disney musical 'Mary Poppins' and meet with the cast.
“ASU Gammage is honored to be able to open its doors to military families,' said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage executive director. 'These families sacrifice much for our country – it is our privilege to let them enjoy an evening at the theater together for such an inexpensive cost.”

“Family First Nights is a program that is very well suited to supporting the cultural, entertainment and educational wishes of Arizona National Guard Families," said Major Paul Aguirre, the Arizona National Guard public affairs officer. "It is with great excitement, enthusiasm and gratitude that we look forward to attending the events of the upcoming season at ASU Gammage."
The program is made possible with the generosity of The Broadway League; Retired Command Sergeant Major Chuck Van Dam, a longtime ASU Gammage donor and patron; US Airways; Blue Star Moms; and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). This three-year program is a partnership with ASU Gammage and The Broadway League's Family First Nights program specifically designed to encourage at-risk families to attend theater on a regular basis.
ASU Gammage also hosted military families to see "Little House on the Prairie" last December and will host families again in June for the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights." For more information about Military Family First Nights, please call (480) 965-5062."

An Officer and a Nurse: My Welcome Home

An Officer and a Nurse: My Welcome Home: "When I landed at SFO today I was met not only by my family but also the Warrior's Watch Riders who escorted us to my parent's home. When we arrived in Walnut Creek we were met by the Walnut Creek Police Department to continue the trip home. It was an awesome sight!!!"
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Legion Riders to honor military

"The building that houses American Legion Post 507 was donated to the group by silent Western film star William S. Hart in 1941. It cost $25,000 to build and had 400 seats. Admission for adults was 30 cents and 10 cents for children."
The building still stands, but instead of films, the space is a gathering space for American veterans.Erik Lindgreen, of the newly formed American Legion Riders Post 507, said the group will host a barbecue event Saturday to honor all active, recently discharged military and Blue and Gold Star mothers.

more... The Signal - Santa Clarita Valley News - Legion Riders to honor military:

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blue Star moms' homefront aid

"By CHERYL KUCK
Tribune correspondent
Published: February 17, 2010
PLANT CITY - Jo Ann Ross is one of many area mothers who knows the joy of welcoming home a loved one from dangerous duty on foreign soil.
Her sons, Army Spc. Austin Matthew and Army Capt. Chris Matthew, along with Chris' wife, Army Capt. Katie Matthew, have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both. All three returned to the States safely.
As she awaited their safe return, Ross found support from the Blue Star Mothers of America, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical organization of mothers who have, or have had, children serving in the military."

Blue Star moms' homefront aid:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Girl Scout cookies are in

"Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites and more have gone out to all corners of Aiken County, but don't be discouraged if you didn't pre-order because there are still plenty of chances left to get the sweet treats."
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Mina Krohn-Vernon, also from Troop 5225, said the key to a successful sale is to be friendly."I mention Cookies for Soldiers," said Abigail Miller of Troop 5140.Those more interested in contributing to Scouting than in purchasing cookies can buy a box or more to be sent to U.S. troops serving overseas. The local Girl Scout Council is collaborating on the Cookies for Soldiers project with the Columbia chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America Inc.

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The Girl Scout cookies are in Aiken Standard Aiken, SC:

A Kindness Campaign

"GREELEY, CO (KUNC) - This is National Random Act of Kindness week, and that has KUNC commentator Laura Bridgwater thinking about how one Colorado mother has coped with having a member of her family deployed in the War on Terror.

In my friend Andrea's family reunion photo from a decade ago, her 14-year-old nephew Nick Hein cradles her baby son Brent. In all of the family reunion photos since then Nick is holding Brent, even in the picture from this past summer when Nick was 23-years-old, 6' 2' tall, and Brent was a too-big-to-be-held ten-year-old."

So while most of us haven't sacrificed for the War on Terror as people did
during World War II or protesting, marching, or being drafted as during Vietnam,
Andrea found a way to do something. Like the nonprofit service organization of
women who have or have had children serving in the military called Blue Star
Mothers of America, Andrea is a Blue Star Aunt. Being privy to her actions and
watching her world expand as she reaches out makes me wonder. Whether we support
the war or not, shouldn't we all be Blue Star Individuals?© Copyright 2010, KUNC


full story KUNC: A Kindness Campaign (2010-02-15):

Congratulations to Cheryll Hunt of Grand Blanc

"Congratulations to Cheryll Hunt of Grand Blanc who won the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt from the Blue Star Mothers raffle this past weekend.
Posted by: Carolyn on: February 15, 2010"
Congratulations to Cheryll Hunt of Grand Blanc who won the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt from the Blue Star Mothers raffle this past weekend. « The Quilters Garden Blog:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Restaurant Week sets all-time record

Restaurant Week sets all-time record Taste: Dayton food and restaurants: "By Mark Fisher Friday, February 12, 2010, 07:25 AM
Miami Valley diners’ hunger for a great bargain — combined with perhaps a touch of cabin fever — pushed last month’s Winter Restaurant Week to record-setting levels.
With only a few restaurants left to report their numbers, the Miami Valley Restaurant Association reported this morning, Feb. 12 that 21,216 Restaurant Week meals were served starting Jan. 24 —eclipsing the summer 2009 mark of 19,690 and shattering the record set in winter 2009 of 20,009, which was achieved in part because restaurants extended the promotion to two weeks following a paralyzing snowstorm during week one.
The record numbers “show the willingness of diners across the Miami Valley to help great causes and to try new restaurants,” said Amy Zahora, the restaurant association’s executive director. A touch of cabin fever also helped, as did the fact that a few more restaurants extended the promotion into a second week, Zahora said. Restaurant Week allows diners to order a three-course meal from a special menu for $20.10, with restaurants donating $1 for every special meal sold to local charities. The winter 2010 charities benefitting were Blue Star Mothers, Camp Emanuel and Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County. "

'Blue Star Moms' offer support when loved ones in military | son, loved, comfort - Local News - Gaston Gazette

"While her son sweated and gasped through U.S. Army boot camp, Tammie Hayes found comfort and friendship on Facebook.
The captain of her son’s platoon at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., posted photos and videos from basic training on the popular social networking site, Hayes said. The Facebook page provided her with a link to new military moms just like her.
“It gave the mothers, the spouses, the siblings and everyone the opportunity to talk to each other and ask questions,” Hayes said. “We can help each other and give that support.”"

It also gave Hayes an idea. The Belmont resident decided to start a local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, a group for mothers of active and honorably discharged military service members. The organization helps families of fallen troops, sends care packages overseas and raises money for other projects.
“I think it’s going to be a good support group, but we also want to help our soldiers,” said Hayes. “There are more and more who are going to be deployed.”
The Blue Star Mothers of America is a nonprofit organization authorized under the U.S. Code. It is nonpartisan and apolitical, according to its Web site.
“They’re just out for one thing,” Hayes said, “to support each other and support our troops.”
The local group will be the 11th chapter in North Carolina and will be called the Queen City Blue Star Mothers. With the next nearest chapter in Hickory, Hayes hopes Charlotte-area residents as well as those in Gaston County will join.
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