When the Blue Star turns Gold....
On the last Sunday in September the day is set a side for recognizing the sacrifice of military families who's loved one died in service to the United States of America. The President's Gold Star Mothers and Families Day Proclamation
For many years it was just the mother's who received this recognition. The death of a child effects the family as a whole in our case Pedro (dad) and Troy (brother). None of us will ever forget the day the CNOs (Casualty Notification Officers) walked up our sidewalk. "The United States of America regrets to inform you Spc Michael L Gonzalez ..................." . They did not need to speak the words because as soon as I seen them I knew. Like you're in a movie but a million times worse because you're at the receiving end of the tragic news. Our lives as we knew it was changed forever.
I remembering saying ,"We can not do this alone." meaning coping with our grief alone as a family.
In recognition of Gold Star Mother/Family Day. I share some of the resources that we as a family used to help us cope with the greatest loss in our lives our beloved Michael.
Army Survivor Outreach Service
TAPS - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
General Grief Resources:
Compassionate Friends - Child Loss
Grief Recovery Method
To register click here!
We are looking forward to this years 5k Race, 1 Mile Walk and Kids Race on October 25, 2015. Each year we try to make it bigger and better and this year we did just that. Not only do we depend on the runners and walkers, the corporate and business sponsorship's makes up for most of our fund-raising totals. This event would not be possible without these sponsors. If you would like to make a donation or have a company and want to sponsor this event to help us off-set the cost you can click here. We've been donating the funds we raise to non-profits that already have fantastic programs in place to help veterans and active military with PTSD. Vets Chat & Chew is one and Spring Reins of Life is another just to name a couple. We have also created the Spc Michael L Gonzalez scholarship for veterans at Middlesex County College. Without your participation none of this would be possible.
Below are some of the pictures from our 2014 5k Race, one mile walk, and kids race.
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