Gold Star Parent’s Retreat

Gold Star Parent’s Retreat was created in 2016 by Terry and Elisabeth Burgess after their son, U.S. Army SSG Bryan A. Burgess was killed in action in Afghanistan. Their mission is to provide a place where parents of fallen service members can meet and connect in a relaxing, informal setting. They welcome parents of any fallen hero regardless of branch of service or cause of death. All amenities are provided by Gold Star Parent’s Retreat.

Gold Star Parent’s Retreat is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization. Your donation provides the necessary funds which make these annual Retreats possible. Thank you!

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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.