The first meeting of the Gold Star Wives of America was on April 5, 1945, when four young widows met in Marie Jordan's apartment on West 20th Street in New York City. One week later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Shortly thereafter, Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of the Commander-in-Chief, joined the organization. Mrs. Roosevelt was most helpful in the early days of the organization. She attended meetings, wrote about the organization in her “My Day” column, entertained children of Gold Star Wives at a picnic at her home in Hyde Park, New York, served on the first board of directors, and was one of the original 15 signers when the organization was chartered as a non-profit organization in the State of New York in December 1945.
In 2013, the U.S. Senate designated April 5 as Gold Wives Day in recognition of the sacrifices made by spouses and family members of our fallen heroes. Many state and local communities also formally recognize April 5th as Gold Star Wives Day. (Gold Star Wives of America, Inc; www.goldstarwives.org)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates the largest health care system in the country, with over 1,400 sites of care nationwide. When you become enrolled in the VA health care system, it's for a lifetime. You are instantly and automatically entitled to receive care at any VA location without ever having to register for VA health care benefits again. Learn more at: http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/division_flsh.asp?dnum=1
After you enroll, you can immediately start receiving your health care at a VA facility, or at a later date – the choice is yours. Enrolling in the VA health care system is quick and easy – just complete an online Application for Health Benefits online at: https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/Need help enrolling? Contact the VA toll free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).
To change your message subscriptions: 1) Log into http://www.ebenefits.va.gov; 2) Go to the Message Center; 3) Select “My Preferences” and update your subscription preferences.
This event is free and is open to active duty service members, Guard and Reserve, veterans, and military spouses. Even better? All registered veteran and military spouse job seekers who attend the hiring expo are eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend the evening's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies.
Attention TEACHERS! Did you know that March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day? What a great time to check out (and share!) the Teacher’s Toolkit provided by the Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee! This toolkit provides activities
designed for elementary through college. Check it out here or visit their website for more information.
Join the discussion about de-stigmatizing seeking Mental Health help for Veterans on Monday, March 25 at 10am in the Bedford VAMC theater. The featured speakers are Former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, John Broderick and Congressman Seth Moulton.