Gold Star Dads of America
Military Family Support Links

Gold Star Dads of America urges you to visit the following websites and f ind out how you can donate your time, money or items to these fine family support and non-profit organization. The families of the active service men and women of the American Armed Forces and the Gold Star Families thank you.

If you would like to have a Military Family Support or Non-Profit organization added please contact us.

 

Family Support Organizations

American Gold Star Mothers – American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.

Blue Star Mothers – The Blue Star Mothers was founded by service members’ moms during World War II. Any mother with a son or daughter in the military can join.

Gold Star Dads of America – Honoring US Soldiers and Supporting the Families of Fallen Hero’s.

Silver Star Families of America – Honoring and assisting wounded and ill service members with Silver Star Service Banners. Extensive PTS support, 1st Responders PTS Guide, Yahoo support group, Chaplain and many programs available.

Marine Parents – Marine Parents is a place for parents of Marines to meet up. You’ll find advice, support and information.

Gold Star Wives of America  – An organization of military widows/widowers whose spouse  died while on active duty or from service connected disabilities.

T.A.P.S.  – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. TAPS has experienced, empathetic caseworkers who act as liaisons, assisting the family members in finding solutions to problems. Working hand in hand with the appropriate federal, state and private agencies, they have been successful in helping find solutions to problems that arise long after the official file has been closed.

Veterans Groups

Vietnam Veterans of America  – VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America  – The nation’s first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans.

Active Military Family Support

Chris Neal Farm – Camp HOPE – Established in 2007, Camp Hope is located 70 miles south of St. Louis in the plush land of Farmington, MO. One hundred and seventy acres of beautiful rolling hills and hardwood ridges are available to our veterans for their year round enjoyment, recovery, and well being.

Care Packages & Letters

Adopt a Platoon – Adopt a Platoon has several ongoing projects to ensure that no soldier overseas walks away from mail call empty-handed.

Any Soldier – Any Soldier is a non-profit organization that helps people send care packages to members of the armed services in Iraq.

Books For Soldiers – Help the troops escape boredom by donating some books. You can also donate DVD’s and CDs requested by soldiers.

Operation Gratitude – Operation Gratitude provides a way for you to show your respect and appreciation for the troops. It sends care packages and letters to troops stationed overseas.

Packages From Home – Packages From Home sends personal care and comfort items to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Find out how to donate time, money or items to this non-profit organization.

Soldiers’ Angels – Become some soldier’s angel by adopting a service member.

Dog Tags for Kids – Too often in war, the dependents of soldiers are overlooked in their personal hardship.  I believe that the ID tags will help the children of our deployed soldiers remember that while their parent is deployed they are not forgotten.

Troop Communication Efforts

Cell Phones for Soldiers – Donated cell phones are recycled and turned into cash. The cash is used to purchase calling cards for soldiers in Iraq.

Freedom Calls – The Freedom Calls Foundation is helping families video conference with their loved ones in Iraq. You can donate money to help keep this project going.

National & International Services

Fisher House – The Fisher House Foundation donates comfort homes, built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

USO Cares – You can sponsor care packages provided by the USO with a $25 donation.

Lead the Way Fund – A non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of families of U.S. Army Rangers who have died, have been disabled or who are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. The funds raised will provide spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with assistance for health and wellness programs and other financial aid programs.

Special Tribute Organizations

Carry the Flame  – conducts an annual coast-to-coast motorcycle ride to raise money in support of Veterans’ families, Veterans’ issues and to increase awareness about America’s POW/MIAs from all wars.

Rolling Thunder  – Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s major function is to publicize the POW-MIA issue. To help correct the past and to protect the future veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war-missing in action. We are committed to helping American veterans from all wars!

Worcester Wreath Co. – the Worcester Wreath Company – of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He’s done this since 1992. “The Arlington Project and Wreaths Across America is about the spirit of appreciation for what we have, and a determination to give something back.”