Gold Star Mothers of New Mexico
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROS
National Website (includes link to the Albuquerque Chapter website), the national newsletter and events for American Gold Star Mothers nation-wide: http://www.goldstarmoms.com/
TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS (TAPS)
800-959-TAPS 24 Hours/Day; 7 Days/week - Help and Information line www.taps.org. Quarterly newsletter; Military Survivors Seminars; Peer Mentoring; Online chats. Website provides information on military survivor benefits and links to related websites. Links provided to organizations that offer gifts to Families of the Fallen.
- offers immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing to anyone grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of their relationship to the deceased or the circumstances of the death.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Information on benefits available to the families of those who have died in military service. See especially the grief counseling service. Includes links to the Casualty Assistance Office for each branch of service.
New Mexico Department of Veterans Services
Secretary Jack Fox
P.O. Box 2324, 407 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2324
New Mexico Gold Star Family Vehicle License Plate – Legislation passed in 2009 session to provide for Permanent no-fee plate for 1 vehicle for Gold Star Mother or Gold Star Wife/Husband. Up to 3 additional plates at regular registration fee without additional specialty plate fee for mother, father, stepparent or spouse. PDF Form to download the Application at website for Motor Vehicle Department:
HONOR AND REMEMBER- http://www.honorandremember.org/ Campaign to get the Honor and Remember flag recognized by state legislatures and the U.S. Congress as a new national symbol recognizing all those who died in military service to America. The flag was designed by George Lutz, father of a Fallen Hero, who drove across the country in 2010 to promote the flag. Goal is to present every family of a Fallen Hero with a personalized flag.
SNOWBALL EXPRESS www.snowballexpress.org The organization works to create hope and new memories for the children of our fallen military heroes who died while serving our country since 9/11. Annual event in December in Dallas, TX. All expenses paid for children and parent or guardian. For the past several years, there has been a send-off breakfast for the New Mexican families who depart from Albuquerque Airport.
Fallen Heroes Memorial – Website that allows family, friends and others to post messages about the Fallen Hero. Also provides links to related sites. http://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/links.html
Gold Star Dads of America http://www.goldstardads.org/
Michael Klasno 951-833-2935 or [email protected]
Not Alone http://www.notalone.com/ 1-888-454-0950
Multiple Organizations offer a no-charge portrait of the Fallen Hero
PROJECT COMPASSION http://www.heropaintings.com/
18” x 24” Oil portrait
Application form on the website, or call 435.835.9429
Kaziah Hancock [email protected]
P.O. Box 153, 3505 South 2480 West, Manti, Utah 84642
MILITARY FALLEN HEROES PROJECT http://www.soldierportraits.blogspot.com/
The family of the Fallen Hero has a choice of several art mediums and multiple artists to create a keepsake portrait or sculpture of your loved one.
MICHAEL G. REAGAN PORTRAIT FOUNDATION www.FallenHeroesProject.org
Hand drawn pencil portrait of your loved one.
www.HeroBracelets.com Offers various styles of memorial bracelets and ID tags.
www.InOurHearts.org Offers bracelet of the Fallen Hero that includes a photo, name, rank, branch of service, hometown, and date of loss.
Other Comfort Gifts
www.MarineComfortQuilts.us Offers a comfort quilt to the primary next of kin of the Fallen Hero.
www.serviceflags.com This company provides the felt Gold Star Banner flags that are presented to the family at the Blue to Gold ceremony. If you would like a nylon embroidered version of the service flag, you can contact this company to sew one for you at a fee. It is best to call the company to order the nylon embroidered Gold Star Service Flag. 1-866-887-6678
http://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/links.html Links to other organizations providing gifts or services to families of the Fallen Heroes.