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America’s Gold Star Families Are Searching For Surviving Gold Star “Children” of World War I

As the world marks the Centennial Anniversary of the armistice ending World War I (Nov. 11, 2018), a number of America’s Gold Star Families organizations are supporting this effort to identify and recognize our nation’s oldest surviving Gold Star family members from ‘The Great War.’  

In April 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a report noting that nearly 1500 “Children” of World War I veterans were receiving Dependent Benefits a century after the war’s conclusion. The report also indicated just over 1000 widows from World War I were receiving Dependent Benefits as of that date. The report does not identify whom the beneficiaries are, or the circumstances leading to their receipt of Dependent Benefits.

Many of those receiving WWI Dependent Benefits do so as a result of circumstances that occurred after the conclusion of the War. However, a closer examination of the data suggests that some of the 1500 recipients may be those whose fathers were among the 116,516 American military deaths during World War I (from 1917 to 1918: 53,402 battle deaths; 63,114 other deaths in service).

That connection to the War would designate any of them as American Gold Star ‘children’ from World War I.

Today, any Gold Star ‘child’ from WWI would be at least 100 years of age, and they deserve to be recognized! 

By providing answers to the following questionnaire, you are helping make a connection to our nation’s living history. Without your help, time will soon run out and deprive America of the opportunity to know and honor these connections to our nation’s past.

(Please note that any surviving Gold Star Mother, Widow, Sibling or Child from World War I may be nominated via this process.)

Read the report here https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets/fs_americas_wars.pdf

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