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Ernst wants Gold Star Stamp issued to honor families of fallen service members


This news story was published on February 27, 2017.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation to issue the “Gold Star” stamp recognizing and honoring families who have lost a child or family member in service to the nation. The U.S. Post Office Department first issued a stamp honoring Gold Star Mothers in 1948. Blumenthal and Ernst first introduced this legislation last year.

“The resolve, resilience, and grit of Gold Star Families are remarkable beyond words, and their extraordinary contributions after devastating loss are beyond measure. Although we cannot fully repay these national heroes, reissuing the Gold Star Stamp is a small token of our gratitude and a constant reminder for not only their sacrifice and loss, but the comfort they selflessly provide others in times of despair. Their courageous example of service and sacrifice is an inspiration to all,” said Senator Blumenthal.

“There is no greater grief than losing a child, spouse, or family member, and no greater sacrifice a family can make than losing their loved one in service to our country,” said Senator Ernst. “The Gold Star Families commemorative stamp is an opportunity to demonstrate our profound appreciation and respect for all of our fallen servicemembers’ families, and their sacrifices to our country. In my home state of Iowa, the Sullivan family of Waterloo lost five sons in 1942 when an enemy torpedo sank the cruiser all five were on during World War II. To honor their five sons’ courage and sacrifice, the first sheet of Gold Star Mothers commemorative stamps was presented to Mrs. Sullivan in 1948. It’s my honor to carry on the tradition by reintroducing the bipartisan Gold Star Families commemorative stamp to recognize our Gold Star Families, because no one has given more in service to our country than the families of the fallen.”

“It has been nearly 70 years since the release of the first and only postage stamp honoring Gold Star Families and remembering their personal family sacrifices. Since that time, our nation has been in multiple conflicts, sacrificing Sons and Daughters for the sake of freedom. Creation of the Gold Star Families Forever Stamp will help educate the general public that freedom is never free,” said Candy Martin, National President, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed into law legislation establishing the first Gold Star Mothers stamp. The original Gold Star Mothers stamp became available on September 21, 1948. The first sheet of stamps was presented to Mrs. Thomas F. Sullivan of Waterloo, Iowa, who lost five sons when an enemy torpedo sank the cruiser Juneau on November 13, 1942.

Because the Gold Star Mothers stamp was designated as a special series commemorative stamp, rather than a permanent stamp, it was eventually discontinued. In 1993, a “Gold Star Loss” stamp was issued as part of a series of stamps marking the 50th anniversary of World War II.

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6 Responses to Ernst wants Gold Star Stamp issued to honor families of fallen service members

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Senator Grassley had the courage to step away from Trump who was very critical of the Muslim Gold Star Family – The Kahns. Sissy Bitch Ernst refused to comment. She’s a loser who uses the Military for her own gain.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 28, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Haters going to hate even if it is a lie.

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    Uncle Sam Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Do your job Joni. How quickly you ran back to DC and hid behind your brand of phony patriotism. Show up at town hall meetings and answer the hard questions. A postage stamp means nothing if you don’t have the courage to face your constituents. This is just cheap pandering and you have been outed.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 28, 2017 at 7:24 am

      She is doing her job by supporting the military. You are just used to the Spend Sisters doing nothing.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

        WTF are you talking about?

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 28, 2017 at 9:45 am

          To hard for you to understand? Typical of liberals.