An organization that helped a new military mom deal with her son's enlistment.
Posted in , Oct 13, 2015
As I’ve shared before, my introduction to all things military didn’t come until our oldest son enlisted. After he left for boot camp, I became hyper-aware of all things patriotic. With my new-found ability to see a tiny bit of red, white and blue from one thousand feet, I spotted a lapel pin on a woman’s scarf. It’s looked vaguely military, but I wasn’t familiar with the insignia so I asked what it was for.
“It means I’m a Blue Star Mother.” Her look of pride was unmistakable, but it still left me clueless. As she explained that a Blue Star Mother was someone with a child in the military, I began to get excited. She encouraged me to look for a chapter nearby and gave me the link to the national website.
Back home, I pulled out my computer and found the phone number of a chapter in my city. I took a deep breath and dialed. They welcomed me with open hearts and arms. Their shepherding of this new military mom was a lifeline for me. Here’s what they have for you:
Blue Star Mothers of America are a 501©3 Veterans Service Organization (VSO). They were incorporated by the US Congress in 1942. They are non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory and non-profit organization. Their mission is simple:
If you have a son or daughter serving, or know someone who does, I encourage you to contact a local chapter. Get plugged into a group who understands what you’re facing. Not only will you have the support you need, but you’ll be able to support others in similar situations.