What We Do

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Funeral Memorials–Please consider having donations directed in memory of your loved one to America’s Gold Star Families. 

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.

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

  • Sending annual Birthday Cards to children of the fallen across the USA, along with a $20 gift card to celebrate their day
  • 25 $1000 scholarships to dependents of Fallen Heroes across the US to pursue higher education
  • Creating Ornaments to display on our annual Holiday Heroes Trees of Honor
  • Underwriting grief counseling for Illinois residents
  • Displaying Fallen Heroes Banners (currently in Pekin, IL)
  • Creating Walls of Honor in retail stores
  • Working with local legislators to rename highways after Fallen Heroes and erect
  • Gold Star Highway/ByWay Markers

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:

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 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.

Hometown Hero Application (Pekin)

Hometown Hero Banner Project (Bloomington-Normal)

Click link below for application.

Hometown Hero Application (Bloomington-Normal)


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.