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Help from Blue Star Mothers of America

If you have a family member who has enlisted in the military, check out Blue Star Mothers of America for support and help, says military mom and Guideposts blogger Edie Melson.

Blue Star Mothers of America support military families.

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.

Edie Melson wearing her pin from Blue Star Mothers of AmericaBack 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:

  • Support fellow members.
  • Support our sons and daughters and other family members who are currently serving in the Armed Forces of the USA.
  • Support our country’s veterans.
  • Support the families of our fallen heroes.

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.

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