MSCoE Sends: Today is Gold Star Spouses Day

By Maj. Gen. James Bonner, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding generalApril 5, 2021

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Every member of our team sacrifices their time and talents for this nation. Today, we want to recognize special members of our team who have given us so much. April 5 is Gold Star Spouses Day, when we pay tribute to the husbands and wives of our fallen comrades.

Military service is a commitment that all of our family members share. When a brother- or sister-in-arms pays the ultimate sacrifice, we owe their spouses an unpayable debt. By supporting Gold Star families, we take care of our people and honor the legacies of their service members.

Gold Star spouses remain consistently strong supporters of the military. They represent their Soldiers in community events, tell their stories and provide comfort to other Gold Star spouses and their families.

Look for a Gold Star lapel button or the lapel button for Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel. These symbols identify the families of our fallen heroes. If you know or meet a Gold Star spouse, take the opportunity to applaud their courage, acknowledge their spouse’s sacrifice and thank them for their continued service.

Army Survivor Outreach Services and the Army Survivor Advisory Working Group combine to give our Gold Star spouses support coordinators, financial counseling and a forum to voice emerging needs. SOS coordinators are located across the country. You can find the contact information of the one closest to you here.

Our Gold Star spouses are among the bravest members of our Army family. We have a duty to honor their continued service and the legacy of their fallen service members. We are extremely proud of the great work you do for our Fort Leonard Wood family and our Gold Star spouses. Thank you for your support of this important observance.

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