As America marks the Centennial Anniversary of the end of World War I (Nov. 11, 2018), a number of Gold Star Families organizations are supporting an effort to identify and recognize America’s oldest Gold Star family members.
In April 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a report indicating nearly 1500 “Children” from World War I 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 stated that no Dependent Benefits were being paid to any parents, and did not contain information about siblings of combat casualties.
The report does not identify whom the beneficiaries are, or the circumstances leading to their receipt of Dependent Benefits.
A closer examination of the data suggests that among those 1500 “Children” must be a few “Gold Star Children” whose fathers were among the 53,402 American combat deaths during WWI (1917-1918). Today, any “Gold Star Children” from World War I will be at least 100 years old and they deserve to be recognized. Please note that any verifiable, living mother, widow, sibling or child of an American World War I combat casualty may be nominated here.
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 past.
Read the report here https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets/fs_americas_wars.pdf