Books Which Might be Helpful
Courage After Fire for Parents of Service Members: Strategies for Coping When Your Son or Daughter Returns from Deployment is a book containing valuable information to help parents understand and support their son and daughter after deployment.
Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families provides information to assist returning troops reconnect with loved ones, deal with reactions to the war and return to work and community.
Both books (distributed by New Harbinger Publications) contain additional resources such as books and websites along with hotlines, crisis lines and complaint lines.
The mission of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., shall be to support the Armed Forces of the United States of America and its Veterans; to advocate for America's Armed Forces and those men and women who have served their country with honor; to maintain allegiance to the United States; to educate our members and others not to divulge military, naval, or other government information; to assist and participate in ceremonies which honor, remember and support our military men and women and Veterans; to honor those families whose children have died in service to our country; to assist in Homeland Security; to uphold the American principles of freedom, justice and equal rights and to defend the United States from all enemies.
"Thank you so very much! ...As for the care package, I'll distribute the stuff out for the guys I work with (everyone shares their care packages out here) and I'll put the letters out where other people can read them. Once again, thank you for all you've done. You guys are a blessing!"
Excerpt from letters we've received
Blue Star Mothers
The Blue Star history is one of humble beginnings. The Blue Star mothers started out by coming together and creating care packages that they would ship overseas to give those who are defending this country's freedom. In a very short time, word had spread and the donations began to pour in as well as more and more volunteers to help build the care packages. Today, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization, based in Tulsa Oklahoma, whose members came together as individual mothers of men and women serving in any branch of the United States military. Now Blue Star Mothers of America Inc is found throughout the tri-county area with several drop off locations for donations. The group now consist of not just mothers, but fathers, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins as well as just those who appreciate what these men and women do for our country.
Blue Star Mothers, an organization for mothers who have children serving or who have served in the Military
The founding Blue Star mothers appreciate all the donations and support they receive now and hope to grow beyond the tri-county area. As organizers of this group and mothers of children who are now serving or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, they gladly accept any and all donations to help create the wonderful care packages that our soldiers look forward to receiving. To those who volunteer to serve this great nation, they find it an honor. To the mothers, fathers and extended family of those who volunteer, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. find it an honor and a privilege to be able to create and send these small but meaningful care packages. It is a special person that steps up to defend this country and an even more special person to be one of these Blue Star moms.