What We Do

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America’s Gold Star Families was founded to provide honor, hope and healing to those grieving any military loss. 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.

  • Award annual scholarships and grants to family members (see guidelines below)
  • Underwrite grief counseling
  • Freedom Garden where all produce is donated to local veterans
  • Work with legislators for highway designations in honor of fallen heroes
  • Children’s Greeting Card Program–we send birthday cards with enclosed gift cards to children of the fallen across the USA. Currently we send to 600+ children located in 44 states.
  • Host of the Fallen Heroes Tree of Honor in Illinois State Capitol Rotunda

2017 Highlights

  • Spring Potluck
  • Annual Freedom Garden where produce is donated to local veterans
  • Second Annual 5K Run for Fallen Heroes
  • Fourth Annual Commemoration
  • Second annual Fallen Heroes Tree of Honor–Illinois State Capitol Rotunda
  • Inaugural Fallen Heroes Tree of Honor–Central Illinois Regional Airport, Bloomington
  • Fourth Annual Christmas Potluck

2016 Highlights

  • Dedicated Gold Star Families Memorial Highway, Route 6, Peoria, Illinois
  • Inaugural 5K Run/1 Mile Walk for Fallen Heroes
  • Distributed fresh produce to local veterans
  • Dedicated Gold Star Memorial Marker at Tower Park, Peoria Heights, IL
  • Hosted the Third Annual Commemoration
  • Partnered with the Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox Memorial to host the first Fallen Heroes Tree of Honor erected in the Illinois State Capitol, Springfield, IL

If the family prefers to create their own ornament it can be mailed to Tree of Honor, 2301 Interlocken Dr., Bloomington, IL 61704. For more info contact Fran Maddox, 309-825-5121 or email AGSFTreeOfHonor@gmail.com.

America’s Gold Star Families Scholarship Guidelines

To date AGSF has awarded $12,000.00 in scholarships and grants to families of the fallen. Deadline for application is September 15 every year.

Eligibility: America’s Gold Star Families will be awarding $1000 scholarships to Illinois 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:

Provide your name, address, phone number and email address.

State the name of fallen and your relationship.

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 student and college, university or trade school.

Scholarship deadline is September 15 of each year.

Are you available to accept the scholarship in person at the Oct. Commemoration?

Submit information to info@americasgoldstarfamilies.org

For questions call 309-231-5090.