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January 31, 2014 at 5:32pm

Army's first "Gold Star" PSA honoring survivors of the fallen will air just before Super Bowl XLVIII

Gold Star Lapel Button (left) and the Next-of-Kin of Deceased Personnel Lapel Button / photo courtesy of DoD

The Army announced today that it will release three public service announcements over the next year to increase awareness of DoD-issued gold star and next-of-kin lapel pins. The first PSA will screen on Fox Sports a half-hour before kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII

According to an Army IMCOM release, "The pins are designed to signify the loss of a loved one in support of our nation. Although the gold star pins have been in existence for decades, many Americans are unfamiliar with their meaning. The PSAs were developed to help educate and inform the public of the significance of the pins."

"It's heartbreaking to think that a mom wearing a gold star might have someone ask her, 'What a beautiful pin, where do I get one?'," said Donna Engeman, a gold star wife who manages the Survivor Outreach Services program for the Army.

"We decided we had to do something to ensure the nation-the world-recognizes what that pin really signifies," Engeman said.

For the full story on the DoD-issued gold star and next-of-kin lapel pins, click here.

January 31, 2014 at 9:33am

Photo: Joan Shalikashvili inducted into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Civilian Hall of Fame

I Corps Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl honored Mrs. Joan Shalikashvili with induction into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Civilian Hall of Fame at a ceremony Jan. 30. Photo credit: Lester Hovey

I Corps Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl honored Mrs. Joan Shalikashvili with induction into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Civilian Hall of Fame at a ceremony Jan. 30. Dahl cited her lifetime of service and thousands of volunteer hours, including her current role on the board of directors at the USO Northwest "Shali" Center.  Shalikashvili is the 21st inductee into a group of civilians who have contributed greatly to the welfare of the Soldiers, Airmen and families on JBLM. 

Read J.M. Simpson's interview with Joan Shalikashvili in the News section.

January 29, 2014 at 12:55pm

Retired JBLM specialists receives free home from Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation

Did you know Wells Fargo donates homes to soldiers with help from the Military Warriors Support Foundation? It's true. In fact, it happened again Monday when former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier Spc. Marcos Garcia shoved a key into his new Federal Way home. Garcia, who was severely injured in a mortar attack in April of 2007 while deployed in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart, now lives in a mortgage-free home thanks to the two organizations.

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