Congratulations Gold Star Dads of America. History was made on May 2, 2012 when the House of Representatives voted UNANIMOUSLY for the Resolution recognizing the Gold Star Dads of America as an official organization in Illinois, the FIRST STATE OF THE UNION to do so.

Illinois House of RepresentativesTo the Gold Star Dads and Moms that witnessed the event I am sure that it will be a long time before we forget how the Illinois House of Representatives came to their feet, became silent and stood listening to the Resolution as it was being read by the Clerk of the House, voted, and continued to stand while they applauded our presence on behalf of our sons and daughters who gave their “Last full Measure” for our country. It certainly was a historic moment to remember.

On behalf of Michael Klasno, President of Gold Star Dads of America, and my humble self, I want to thank all of the Gold Star Families that came down to Springfield on May 1st and 2nd. Without your presence and participation we could not have made this happen. The Gold Star Dads and the Gold Star Mothers are there for each other and for all the men and women who are coming home from a War Zone and  are not whole. All of you pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Now the work of our mission begins. We will work together to help each other and for all wounded families.

I would be remiss if I did not specifically call out for recognition Craig Belk who was tireless in his mission of coordinating all of the Representatives, Motel Rooms, Meeting Rooms and making sure the food arrived at the “Meet and Greet”. Thank you Craig for all your help.

The Gold Star Mothers made sure we had enough to eat at the “Meet and Greet” and made sure that the “Dads” were present at all the activities that they should have been. Thank you Gold Star Mothers for all your help.

Please let me know if the motel was adequate for your stay.

All members of Gold Star Dads thank you for your support and help. Future members of Gold Star Dads of America we look forward to your membership and participation.

In His Peace,
Bob Ochsner
Illinois State Captain

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