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Finding Meaning After Tragedy

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April 5 is Gold Star Wives Day, designated to raise awareness of the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In honor of those who have lost their spouse in military service, we share the story of Ursula Palmer, whose moving journey to find fulfillment after the loss of her husband, SFC Collin J. Bowen, helps to shed light on the Gold Star experience.

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A Gold Star Christmas

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The holiday season offers civilians the poignant opportunity to see the world through the eyes of Gold Star families. For those whose loved-one made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation, it’s not as easy as having a merry Christmas. Here, Patty Stubenhofer, Gold Star wife of CPT Mark Stubenhofer, honors us with her perspective.

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War Letters: World War II

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Our WWII vets are dying at a rate of approximately 492 a day; it is more important than ever to honor and preserve their stories. Among the letters in Andrew Carroll’s compilation book, War Letters, are the stories of two World War II veterans— a D-Day paratrooper and a nurse with the Army Nurses Corps.

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Coming to Terms with a Gold Star

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When Bayleigh Dostie lost her father, Sergeant First Class Shawn Dostie, at the age of five, she became a member of the special and solemn group of Gold Star children. Loss is difficult enough to process for an adult, but to lose a parent at such a young age is Earth-shattering. Here, Bayleigh Dostie shares her heartrending and honest perspective of coming to terms with life as a Gold Star child.

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The Legacy of a Gold Star Family

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When Sergeant First Class Shawn Dostie sacrificed his life to save three of his platoon-mates, he left behind a wife, Stephanie, and two children. In the wake of his death, Stephanie, now a Gold Star wife, turned her focus to ensuring her two children led happy and healthy lives. Today, Stephanie reflects on their bittersweet journey as a Gold Star family.

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A Lifelong Journey in Grief

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The last Sunday of September is designated by Presidential decree as Gold Star Mother and Families Day. In honor of those who have lost a loved one while in military service, we share the words of Gold Star Mother Paula Davis. Her poignant perspective on losing her only son, Private First Class Justin Davis, is a reminder that time does not heal all wounds.

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National PTSD Awareness Day – June 27th

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June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day, which is designed to bring greater awareness to the issue of PTSD. On the 2016 National Memorial Day Concert General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), spoke about PTSD -- the unseen wounds of war -- and why Americans should make it their mission and duty to help service members and veterans get the support they need in order to heal.

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Letters Home: Revealing the Wounds of War

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Jack Farley, who lost his right leg above the knee while serving in Vietnam, shares letters he wrote to his parents during his recovery and rehabilitation.

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Transition: What’s My New Mission?

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Retired Staff Sergeant Earl Granville lost his twin brother to suicide and part of his left leg to war. Today, he travels the country offering counsel and encouragement to servicemen and women experiencing PTSD who've recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Gold Star Children — One Woman's Perspective

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Michelle Baugh offers her perspective on being a Gold Star child. Michelle is one of 20,000 survivors whose father or mother was killed in the Vietnam War. There are also 183,000 Gold Star children from World War II and nearly 5,000 from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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A Time to Listen

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For Gold Star mother Ruth Stonesifer, Memorial Day is not a day off for barbecues in celebration of the beginning of summer. She remembers the service of her son Kristofer and others who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here, she reflects on the life and death of her beloved son and on her own healing journey.

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