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America’s Gold Star Families was founded to provide honor, hope and healing to those grieving any military loss while serving active duty.  We are open to all family members who have lost a loved one while serving active duty in the United States Armed Forces.


“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, for his widow and his orphan.”
 - Abraham Lincoln 1865


President Lincoln’s admonishment is what we at AGSF endeavor to do on a daily basis with the following programs, services and partnerships.


AGSF provides support, resources, and programs to survivors of active-duty military loss through these programs:


America’s Gold Star Families Scholarship Guidelines

To date AGSF has awarded almost $25,000.00 in scholarships and grants to families of the fallen. Deadline for application is September 15 of every year.


Eligibility: America’s Gold Star Families will be awarding $1,000 in scholarships to family members who lost a loved one in service to our country. Each is a non-renewable scholarship to be used at a college/university, junior college or a trade/vocational school. Please provide the following information:

  • Name, address, phone number and email address.
  • State the name of fallen hero and your relationship (add hero)
  • Maintain C+ average and show proof of grades.
  • Show proof of acceptance to College, University or Trade School.
  • A paragraph stating what you did in school and where you see yourself in the future.

The check will be made out to the college, university or trade school. Scholarship deadline is September 15 of each year. 


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Children’s Birthday Card Program

In our Mission to provide Honor, Hope and Healing, it is important that the children and siblings who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling through active-duty military service know they are not forgotten.

Scholarships to dependents of Fallen Heroes across the US

25 $1000 scholarships to dependents of Fallen Heroes across the US to pursue higher education

Fallen Heroes

Trees of Honor Program

To remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, it is our privilege to create unique ornaments representing fallen heroes across the USA who died while on active-duty.

Grief Counseling for Illinois Residents

Underwriting grief counseling for Illinois residents

Walls of Honor

Creating Walls of Honor in retail stores

Renaming Highways after Fallen Heroes

Working with local legislators to rename highways after Fallen Heroes and erect Gold Star Highway/ByWay Markers




What We Don't Do

PLEASE NOTE: We do not have an exhaustive national database of every gold star family in the USA. Weekly AGSF receives calls asking for a list of gold star families in various communities across the country. We do not have this information. Check with your local veterans organizations to see if they know of any. Thank you.

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