What is a Gold Star Family?
A Gold Star Family is the military terminology for any immediate relatives of U.S. Armed Forces members who died while on Active duty. These relatives can be parents, spouses, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters or other loved ones.
The strength of our military is our soldiers. The strength of our soldiers is their families. No one has given more for this nation than the families of the fallen. The exact number of Gold Star families is not known. The National Gold Star Family Registry reports at least 472,045 fallen military members have been registered by relatives. Since September 11, 2001, there has been 6,916 deaths registered.
How many National Cemeteries are there?
*This information was obtained from the US Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/listcem.asp
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains 135 national cemeteries in 40 states (and Puerto Rico) as well as 33 soldier's lots and monument sites. Please note that there is not a VA national cemetery in every state.
State Veterans Cemeteries
Many states have established state veterans cemeteries. Eligibility is similar to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries, but may include residency requirements. Even though they may have been established or improved with Government funds through VA's Veterans Cemetery Grants Program, state veterans cemeteries are run solely by the states. We cannot answer your questions or comments about any of these veterans cemeteries. Please contact the specific cemetery for information.
Does my fallen Hero have to be laid to rest at a national cemetery to use this service?
No, your hero can be laid to rest anywhere in the continental USA.
Please note while we understand that your service member may be laid to rest overseas, we are unable to provide the services at this time due of funding policies.
Is a donation tax deductible? And, if it is, do you send receipts to people?
Yes, the donation is tax deductible. We will send tax thank you letters out in October every year.
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