The purpose of the Gold Star Installation Access Card is to facilitate easy access to all Army Installations for Gold Star Family members to receive services, attend events, view memorials, etc. The Gold Star Installation Access Card is for Family members who are eligible to receive the Gold Star Lapel Button or Gold Star Next of Kin Lapel Button and does not already have a Department of Defense (DoD) Identification Card (DD Form 1173).
Army Gold Star Family members who meet the above criteria may apply for the Gold Star Installation Access Card regardless of Army component of the deceased Service Member. The Army has made a commitment to honor their sacrifice, the service and memory of their loved ones, and include Survivors in the Army Family for as long as they desire.
The DA Form 1602, Gold Star Installation Access Card does not provide any additional benefits or entitlements not already authorized to that Gold Star Family member such as Post Exchange or Commissary privileges, cannot be used for the Trusted Traveler Programs which allows all DoD Identification Cardholders to vouch for occupants in their immediate vehicle, does not guarantee access to non-Army Installations, and does not guarantee access to an Army Installation if the garrison’s Force Protection Condition is elevated.
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For more information on how to obtain the Gold Star Installation Access Card, please contact your Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinator. Members who do not know who their SOS Support Coordinator is may contact the Gold Star Dads Survivor Outreach Liaison, Jim Frazier.