Gold Star Families

Since the Civil War, U.S. political leaders have championed the cause of the American war veteran. While it's a popular stance with the electorate, the reality of providing for veterans has been more complicated. In her recent report for Investigative Post, Sara Jerving details the difficulties members of Gold Star families have had in accessing benefits from programs established specifically for them. In some cases, family members have been denied assistance. 


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While Americans are familiar with Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and some are familiar with Armed Forces Day, few may know about Gold Star Mother's Day. It's a day set aside to recognize and honor the women whose children lost their lives in the line of military duty. One local author spent years collecting the stories of mothers who lost sons in the Vietnam War.


The widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger earlier this month, says President Trump's condolence call only made her feel worse.

Families of fallen service members have been thrust into the spotlight in ways they never have before, says Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of TAPS, which stands for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a charity that offers services to Gold Star families.

Gold Star Memorial unveiled at Naval Park

Sep 24, 2017
Buffalo & Erie County Naval Military Park

Families who have lost a loved one during military service now have a new memorial at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. Known as “Gold Star” families, they were honored on National Gold Star Mother’s Day, the last Sunday of September annually.