Program assists Gold Star Families

Gold Star Program

The Gold Star program assists Gold Star Families — those whose military members have died while on active duty.

Personnel eligible to participate in the program include the widow, parents and the next of kin. The term “widow” includes widower; the term “parents”

includes mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, mother through adoption, father through adoption, and foster parents who stood in loco parentis. The term “next of kin” only includes children, brothers, sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, and the term “children” includes stepchildren and children through adoption.

The program provides support for family members through a very difficult time, helping them build resilience and establish a new normal. Gold Star Families will be able to connect with support groups and grief counselors.

The Gold Star program will provide Gold Star Families a level of long-term assistance and support not previously available through the Navy. It is enhanced with the active participation of new Gold Star region and installation coordinators, which are the lead agents for actions within the long-term casualty supporting process.

(For more information, call the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Military and Family Support Center Gold Star liaison at 474-1999.)

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