The Gold Star Lapel Button, also referred to as the Gold Star button, is distributed to members of the immediate family of a fallen servicemember by the Department of Defense. The button is distributed according to strict Department of Defense guidelines for service members who have lost their lives in a conflict or in support of certain military operations. The Gold Star has also appeared on flags, as were popular during WWII, which families would hang in the window to indicate that a loved one had been killed overseas. Gold Star Families, those included in this Registry, are individuals who have received the Gold Star Lapel Button from the Department of Defense for the sacrifice of their loved one. The National Gold Star Family Registry is a program of Military Families United, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization that does not endorse or promote ANY political candidate for any political office. The use of a name such as "Gold Star Family" is commonly used to describe a family whose immediate family member was killed in action.
Military Families United is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families. We are a national coalition of Blue Star, Gold Star, Next of Kin, Veterans, and Patriotic American families who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform and support them in their mission to keep America safe. Founded in 2005 to provide an avenue for military families to remind the nation of the importance of supporting our military and the mission they have been given , the organization expanded to provide charitable programs offering families direct support. Through a portfolio of unique services, events, and advocacy programs, the organization seeks to ensure that future generations of Americans will never forget the sacrifices of our courageous military.