Gold Star Parent Blog

Stormy Outlook

I had everything planned; except the Texas Spring weather.   We conduct our annual Gold Star Parent’s retreats on the beautiful Lone Oak Ranch property

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Grief is not like a pie.

We were watching the show ‘Tin Star’ and one of the episodes dealt with the tragic murder of one of the character’s daughter. The make-believe

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The Flag Line

Standing the Patriot Guard Riders’ Flag Line is one of the most somber experiences I’ve ever had.

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Where We Can Talk

Who remembers Joan Rivers and her trademark, “Can We Talk?”
There are places we just can’t talk about Bryan. There are other places where it’s a totally normal conversation talking about the fire fight and the wounds that took his life.

Not your normal waiting room conversation starter.

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Going thru the TSA x-ray screening at DFW for a flight to South Dakota got my suitcase pulled over for inspection. We had packed the usual; clothes, hairdryer, toiletries, razors, power supplies, battery packs and charging cords, so I really wasn’t that surprised…until the TSA agent pulled out the six books I had packed.

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This website When Our Blue Star Turned Gold tells SSG Bryan Burgess’ story and to honor his sacrifice while helping other Gold Star families navigate their own journeys and inspire them to tell their stories so others will understand and appreciate the true cost of freedom. 

Note: Information on the website is provided for the sole purpose of assisting you in finding additional resources (information, meetings, books, etc.) to aid in the bereavement process. (Please see our mission statement.) . This website is not intended to endorse, sponsor or encourage your use of any of the information or services listed, whether from members or other individuals. Rather, our intent is simply to inform you of the vast amount of resources available for your consideration. We urge you to independently research and consider the value any particular resource for yourself. Further, while we take steps to ensure accuracy of the information posted, especially relative to linked media, we accept no liability for content. is a non-profit Corporation.