resources

Resources

These organizations, registries, products, and websites honor our fallen hero’s.

The American Fallen Soldier Project
Phil Taylor creates personal portraits. The American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. Our 501c3 non-profit organization makes available at no cost to the family an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality.
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/

Patriot Guard Riders
The Patriot Guard Riders is a 100% Volunteer, Federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and honorably discharged Veterans.
https://www.patriotguard.org/

Flags For Fallen Vets
Our NON-PROFITS MISSION was established on May 14TH, 2012 for the purpose of ensuring an American Flag is placed upon EVERY Veterans Grave Site at EACH National Cemetery in the Country for Memorial Day. There are close to 800,000 Interred American Veterans across the country that are not given this Hallowed Honor. Through Private and Corporate Donations, Volunteerism, and the Education of our Next Generation our organization will work towards NEVER allowing Americans to forget those who have served and sacrificed throughout our Countries History for the Freedoms we enjoy today.
http://www.flagsforfallenvets.com/

Designs on Demand
Creates unique dog tags for families of the fallen.
https://www.designsondemand.com/

The Hornet’s Nest Movie
This is the story of our most valiant soldiers and Marines, told through the narrative of a father and son, attempting to reconnect under unimaginable circumstances, who are assigned to cover the conflict for one of the United States’ major broadcast networks. Every American who sees this powerful film will gain a greater understanding of the heroism and sacrifice made by our soldiers and Marines in combat to protect our freedom.
http://thehornetsnestmovie.com/

The Afghanistan Memory Wall
This wall is a way to say individually to each and every person YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. It’s a way to let the Gold Star Families know that someone knows the name of their loved one and remembers them and honors them for everyone to see.
https://Americasmemory.com

Tribute To Fallen Soldiers Northwest
Warren Williamson’s mission of honoring America’s fallen soldiers through tribute rides. All individual riders, ride groups and chapters are encouraged to participate and ride for an unforgettable experience setting out to honor more than 50 fallen heroes through 12 different states. Tribute to Fallen Soldiers is a non-profit organization.
http://tributetofallensoldiers.com/

Texas War Memorial
Our mission is to build, place, and provide an endowment for future maintenance and upkeep of “The Price of Liberty” Memorial Statue at the Texas Capitol. Major General (Retired) Joy Stevens, Colonel (Retired) James Stryker, Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle
http://texaswarmemorial.com/

Snowball Express
Serving and dedicated to the children of our nation’s fallen military heroes, but we need your help to accomplish this goal. We need your help to honor these sacrifices, and to give hope for those left behind. Visit our GarySiniseFoundation.org to make the difference.
https://www.snowballexpress.org/

Still Serving Promos
A disabled Veteran Owned and operated full service advertising company offering a wide range of promotional products to promote companies.
https://www.stillservingpromos.com/

Brothers Keepers
Healing Veterans & First Responders One Family at a Time by providing once-in-a-lifetime experiential retreats and ongoing support that offers profound healing and fellowship for wounded veterans, first responders, their families and others tirelessly serving our community and our country.
http://brothers-keepers.org/

Apache Warrior Foundation
The mission of the Apache Warrior Foundation is to support the AH-64 Attack Helicopter community by giving Honor to our brotherhood forged in blood, Heal ourselves and our families, and Educate the public of the skill sacrifice that keeps our country free.
https://apachewarriorfoundation.com/

Medals of Honor
National Awareness Campaign to honor fallen military and their families.
http://medalsofhonor.org/

Dog Tag Brewing
A nonprofit that works with Gold Star Families to honor America’s Fallen Warriors.
https://www.dogtagbrewing.org/

Honor Wine
Dedicated to the men and women who proudly serve our country.
http://www.honorwinery.com/

Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend To Remember
Blue Skies for the Good Guys and Gals Warrior Foundation’s mission is to honor our nation’s veterans, Purple Heart Warriors and the families of fallen heroes by providing enriching, life changing experiences that facilitate new friendships and emotional healing.
http://warriorwtr.com/

Gold Star Families Memorial
The purpose of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is to honor Gold Star Families, preserve the memory of the fallen, and stand as a stark reminder that Freedom is not free.
http://hwwmohf.org/monument-overview.html

Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation
Organizing, fundraising and coordinating efforts to build a National GWOT Memorial in Washington D.C.
https://www.gwotmemorialfoundation.org/

Surviving Families of Fallen Warriors
A not-for-profit organization that strives to educate the public about the importance of remembering our veterans.
https://www.sffwtexas.org/

Honor and Remember
To honor and remember every American Fallen Service Member
and recognize the enduring sacrifice of every family.
https://www.honorandremember.org/

Country Music Remembers
Share your hero on their memory wall.
http://countrymusicremembers.com/

Gold Star Family Registry
The National Gold Star Family Registry is the first comprehensive database of the United States’ fallen Heroes ever developed.  The Registry not only affords family members the opportunity to publicly remember their loved one, but serves as a historical log of our Nation’s true Heroes.  By providing educational resources and personal accounts, the Registry ensures that future generations may know who these brave Americans were—not only how they died, but, more importantly, how they lived.
http://www.goldstarfamilyregistry.com/

Wreaths Across America
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Wear Blue: Run To Remember
A national nonprofit running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military. Wear Blue: Run to Remember creates a support network for military members and their families; it bridges the gap between military and civilian communities and it creates a living memorial for our country’s fallen military members.
http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org/

Gold Star Dirt
Telling the stories of fallen service members through the voices of their Gold Star families.
https://goldstardirt.org/

A list of support services and connections for Gold Star Families.

Fisher House For The Fallen
“Providing Care, Service and Support to families of fallen Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who attend Dignified Transfers,returning their loved one to American soil at Dover Air Force Base.”
https://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/houses/house-locations/delaware-fisher-house-for-families-of-the-fallen/

Stay The Course
A non-profit organization providing evidence-based therapies to individuals, couples, and families at little or no cost.
http://www.staythecourse.vet/

22Kill
22KILL provides traditional and non-traditional therapies for service members and their families. Our focus is on empowerment and helping individuals find a sense of purpose after service. This includes all services: Military, Police, Fire, and EMS.
http://www.22kill.com/

Snowball Express
Serving and dedicated to the children of our nation’s fallen military heroes, but we need your help to accomplish this goal. We need your help to honor these sacrifices, and to give hope for those left behind. Visit our GarySiniseFoundation.org to make the difference.
https://www.snowballexpress.org/

Survivor Outreach Services
Offers access to support, information, and services, closest to where you live, when you need it and for as long as you need it.
https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/personal-assistance/survivor-outreach

Brothers Keepers
Healing Veterans & First Responders One Family at a Time by providing once-in-a-lifetime experiential retreats and ongoing support that offers profound healing and fellowship for wounded veterans, first responders, their families and others tirelessly serving our community and our country.
http://brothers-keepers.org

Operation Restored Warrior
Are you a veteran struggling with the long-term effects of combat? Are you the loved one of a veteran, perhaps a spouse, parent, sibling or friend? Or, are you a person of resources and influence– passionate to make an impact in the lives of these men and women? Operation Restored Warrior is for you.
https://operationrestoredwarrior.org/

Red Dirt Military Moms
Red Dirt Military Moms is a subsidiary of Warriors for Freedom Foundation based in Stillwater, OK. They not only provide support for active duty service personnel, promote patriotism, assist Veterans organizations and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help the country remain strong.
https://www.warriorsforfreedom.org/rdmm/

Apache Warrior Foundation
The mission of the Apache Warrior Foundation is to support the AH-64 Attack Helicopter community by giving Honor to our brotherhood forged in blood, Heal ourselves and our families, and Educate the public of the skill sacrifice that keeps our country free.
https://apachewarriorfoundation.com/

Medals of Honor
National Awareness Campaign to honor fallen military and their families.
http://medalsofhonor.org/

Dog Tag Brewing
A nonprofit that works with Gold Star Families to honor America’s Fallen Warriors.
https://www.dogtagbrewing.org/

Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend To Remember
Blue Skies for the Good Guys and Gals Warrior Foundation’s mission is to honor our nation’s veterans, Purple Heart Warriors and the families of fallen heroes by providing enriching, life changing experiences that facilitate new friendships and emotional healing.
http://warriorwtr.com/

Project RELO
Project RELO missions provide superlative leadership training. Yet, even more importantly, participants develop a deep understanding about the character, quality, and full extent of our veterans’ skills. And with this understanding comes appreciation, and a desire to hire more of our former military members into our respective organizations. Project RELO then continues its veteran advocacy beyond the missions by helping firms establish, Or improve existing military hiring programs.
http://www.projectrelo.org/

Honoring The Sacrifice
The Honoring the Sacrifice Foundation was formed in 2013 by wounded United States Army Sgt. Andrew Smith (retired) and his wife, Tori. Together with a dedicated team of volunteers, the husband and wife duo are assisting service members and their families, just as they have been supported during their journey.
http://honoringthesacrifice.com/

Refuge In Grief
A psychotherapist, writer, grief advocate, & communication expert dedicated to helping you live through things you never thought you’d face.
http://www.refugeingrief.com/

Stepping Forward in Grief
A study that develops and tests an innovative, mobile and web guide-supported application designed to promote adaptation to loss, as well as encourage grief integration in a geographically dispersed community of military families who have experienced loss.
https://steppingforwardstudy.org/

Heroes On The Water
A veteran’s charity that applies a simple solution to a complex issue—giving veterans, first responders and their families a path to a successful life.
https://heroesonthewater.org/

Wear Blue: Run To Remember
A national nonprofit running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military. Wear Blue: Run to Remember creates a support network for military members and their families; it bridges the gap between military and civilian communities and it creates a living memorial for our country’s fallen military members.
http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org/

Stepping Forward in Grief
Stepping Forward in Grief (SFG) is a study that develops and tests an innovative, mobile and web guide-supported application designed to promote adaptation to loss, as well as encourage grief integration in a geographically-dispersed community of military families who have experienced loss.
https://steppingforwardstudy.org

Gallant Few
Gallant Few’s mission is to prevent veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.  Believing this will prevent veteran unemployment, homelessness and suicide.
https://gallantfew.org

The Mesothelioma Center
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs.
http://asbestos.com/mesothelioma/prognosis

Blue2Gold                                                                                                                                                                                              The main purpose and mission of the Northern Michigan Blue to Gold Star Mothers, Inc., is to provide an organization for these families to connect; to promote education and informational activities that will increase public awareness of Blue Star and Gold Star Families; and to support families of all Veterans who have died during or as a result of military service.                                                                                                                                                           http://blue2goldstars.com/#

National Gold Star Families events are listed below. A calendar of yearly and upcoming events can be also found on the Events page.

Flags For Fallen Vets
Our NON-PROFITS MISSION was established on May 14TH, 2012 for the purpose of ensuring an American Flag is placed upon EVERY Veterans Grave Site at EACH National Cemetery in the Country for Memorial Day. There are close to 800,000 Interred American Veterans across the country that are not given this Hallowed Honor. Through Private and Corporate Donations, Volunteerism, and the Education of our Next Generation our organization will work towards NEVER allowing Americans to forget those who have served and sacrificed throughout our Countries History for the Freedoms we enjoy today.
http://www.flagsforfallenvets.com/

American Airlines Skyball
The American Airlines Sky Ball is the premier fundraising event for one of the oldest military support organizations in the US, the Airpower Foundation which was formed by the Fort Worth Airpower Council. Sky Ball has allowed the Airpower Foundation to contribute solely to funding projects that directly support the members and families of all branches of our military, veterans and wounded, ill, or injured service members and their families. Last year, Sky Ball raised more than $3.1 million to support our military through contingency funds at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and other military support organizations.
https://skyballinfo.com/

Carry The Load
Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes — military, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. Hosting the two-day event, Dallas Memorial March during Memorial Day Weekend.
http://www.carrytheload.org

The Riley Run
The Riley Run is in memory of Sgt 1st Class Riley G. Stephens and benefits a Memorial Scholarship fund in his name for graduates of Tolar High School.  Read all about it at RileyRun.org or on Facebook, Sgt 1st Class Riley G Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund.
https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Tolar/RileyRun5K

Suck It Up Ruck
22k of road marching to honor 3 heroes lost. 22k to bring awareness to the 22 suicides a day of veterans/active duty.
https://www.facebook.com/SuckitupRuck/

Bataan Memorial Death March
The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range. The memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health, and, in many cases, their very lives.
http://bataanmarch.com/

Marine Corps Marathon
Annually ranked as one of the largest marathons in the US and the world, the MCM has been recognized as “Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic,” “Best for Families” and “Best for Beginners.”
http://www.marinemarathon.com/

Gold Star Parent’s Retreat
A unique retreat created for Gold Star Parents, by Gold Star Parents. Offering an all inclusive weekend of healing, connecting,  love, and understanding. Gold Star Parents are welcome regardless of branch of service or cause of loss.
https://goldstarparentsretreat.org/

Watermelon Run For The Fallen
Watermelon Run for the Fallen is the nation’s largest 5k run/walk/roll dedicated to recognizing the sacrifice of our military members who have been lost as a result of our current conflicts.
http://watermelonrftf.org/

Snowball Express
Serving and dedicated to the children of our nation’s fallen military heroes, but we need your help to accomplish this goal. We need your help to honor these sacrifices, and to give hope for those left behind. Visit our GarySiniseFoundation.org to make the difference.
https://www.snowballexpress.org/

Brothers Keepers
Healing Veterans & First Responders One Family at a Time by providing once-in-a-lifetime experiential retreats and ongoing support that offers profound healing and fellowship for wounded veterans, first responders, their families and others tirelessly serving our community and our country.
http://brothers-keepers.org

Red Dirt Military Moms
Red Dirt Military Moms is a subsidiary of Warriors for Freedom Foundation based in Stillwater, OK. They not only provide support for active duty service personnel, promote patriotism, assist Veterans organizations and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help the country remain strong.
https://www.warriorsforfreedom.org/rdmm/

Apache Warrior Foundation
The mission of the Apache Warrior Foundation is to support the AH-64 Attack Helicopter community by giving Honor to our brotherhood forged in blood, Heal ourselves and our families, and Educate the public of the skill sacrifice that keeps our country free.
https://apachewarriorfoundation.com/

Medals of Honor
National Awareness Campaign to honor fallen military and their families.
http://medalsofhonor.org/

1Lt. Robbie Welch Memorial Run
To forevermore preserve the memory of those like 1LT Robert “Robby” Welch III, who selflessly and proudly served their country, standing for liberty and freedom, and, in doing so, paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend her and her people.
https://www.1ltwelchrunforourheroes.org/

Heroes Race
Recognizing local everyday community heroes.
http://www.theheroesrace.org/

Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend To Remember
Blue Skies for the Good Guys and Gals Warrior Foundation’s mission is to honor our nation’s veterans, Purple Heart Warriors and the families of fallen heroes by providing enriching, life changing experiences that facilitate new friendships and emotional healing.
http://warriorwtr.com/

Project RELO
Project RELO missions provide superlative leadership training. Yet, even more importantly, participants develop a deep understanding about the character, quality, and full extent of our veterans’ skills. And with this understanding comes appreciation, and a desire to hire more of our former military members into our respective organizations. Project RELO then continues its veteran advocacy beyond the missions by helping firms establish, Or improve existing military hiring programs.
http://www.projectrelo.org/

Surviving Families of Fallen Warriors
A not-for-profit organization that strives to educate the public about the importance of remembering our veterans.
https://www.sffwtexas.org/

Run For The Fallen
To perpetually recognize the sacrifice of America’s military fallen service members and their families. The organization pays tribute to all military lives lost, not only while serving on active duty but also as a result of serving. Military deaths in all wars or conflicts and all branches of service from our nation’s inception are recognized.
https://www.honorandremember.org/run-for-the-fallen/

Heroes On The Water
A veteran’s charity that applies a simple solution to a complex issue—giving veterans, first responders and their families a path to a successful life.
https://heroesonthewater.org/

Go Ruck
Founded by a Green Beret, GORUCK is an American brand with Special Forces roots. Excellence, toughness, and adaptability are the pillars of our way of life, which influence how we do, and what we do.
https://www.goruck.com/

Wear Blue: Run To Remember
A national nonprofit running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military. Wear Blue: Run to Remember creates a support network for military members and their families; it bridges the gap between military and civilian communities and it creates a living memorial for our country’s fallen military members.
http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org/

Texas Hunters For Heroes
A non-profit 501C3, founded in 2012 dedicated to giving back to the country’s wounded veterans and military heroes that have served in combat. NAHH takes great pride in introducing them to the joys of hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors.
https://texashuntersforheroes.org/

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