For a military mom, an organization that is a safe place and answers hard questions.
Posted in , Dec 26, 2017
On January 6, 1960, Congress chartered an organization that had been in effect since 1942. Blue Star Mothers of America received recognition for all the support that had already given to those serving in U.S Armed Forces. But Blue Star Mothers is much more than a national organization. To me, these women are family.
I remember how I felt when I discovered there was an organization for mothers whose children were serving in the military. Our son had just announced his decision to enlist instead of going to college. Because I had never had anyone close to me who served in the military, I was at a loss about how to support him.
As proud as I was that he wanted to serve, I was terrified of what that service might cost. I needed a safe place to process my feelings. Even more, I needed some answers to the hard questions that were rocketing around my head.
Blue Star Mothers of America was the place where I found all that and more. I called first, to learn where they held their meetings and from the moment of that first encounter, I felt welcomed, loved and validated. None of my novice questions was met with ridicule. Instead these women shared wisdom from their own experiences. They were generous, loving and totally without judgment.
Through the years I’ve been through a lot with these women. They are my confidants, my prayer warriors and the sisters-in-arms that only fellow military moms can be.
Blue Star Mothers of America are a 501©3 Veterans Service Organization (VSO). They are non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory and non-profit organization. Their mission is simple:
--Support fellow members.
--Support our sons, daughters and other family members who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
--Support our country’s veterans.
--Support the families of our fallen heroes.
There are Blue Star Mothers chapters throughout the U.S., with more than 10,000 members. It’s easy to get connected and find a group in your area but just visiting their national website.
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.
What about you? Do you know about Blue Star Mothers of America? I welcome your stories in the comments section below.
“Thank you for the great support you give to our Veterans at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC with the booklets you provide. “ --C. Garland Vance