we are mothers stronger together
Our military sons and daughters have earned the right for us to be called, Blue Star Mothers. Our mission is to dedicate ourselves to honoring that privilege.
Who We Are.
We are the proud Mothers, Stepmothers, Grandmothers, Foster Mothers, and female legal guardians of military service men and women. They are current service members, and they are Veterans. Honorable. Selfless. Heroes. They are our nation’s guardians.
What We Do.
Our purpose is to embody the unwaivering support, comfort, and care of all members of our military family – our Blue and Gold Star Mothers, fathers, children, spouses and friends. We extend ourselves to all who dedicate themselves to honoring the service of our children with love, respect, and dignity.
Why We Do It.
Our military sons and daughters have earned the right for us to be called, Blue Star Mothers. Our mission is to honor that privilege. Our children serve and sacrifice in the name of every American. In turn, we invite every American to honor, celebrate, and give back to our military sons, daughters, Veterans, and their families.
- gather, create, and ship care packages
- organize and participate in fundraising events
- donate our time and services to many military organizations
- comfort and care for Blue and Gold Star Mothers
- spend time with Veterans and volunteer at Veteran’s hospitals
- attend military memorial services and funerals
- and much, much more
Over 100 years of proud service
Nov 6 1917
The Blue Star Flag was designed and patented by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving in the military. The flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service – one star for each child.
Jan 22 1942
Army Captain George Maines ran an article in a Flint, Michigan newspaper requesting information from Mothers of servicemen. More than 1,000 mothers filled out and returned the coupon.
Feb 1 1942
In response to the article, hundreds of mothers gathered for their first meeting at the Durant Hotel in Flint, Michigan, and ultimately organized the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Within a year, chapters quickly formed across the United States.
Sep 2 1945
During WWII, Mothers worked in hospitals, train stations, packed care packages and were active in homeland security initiatives. By the end of WWII, over 30,000 members had joined Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.
Jan 6 1960
The Blue Star Mothers were chartered by Congress as a Veterans Service Organization. View Charter
Dec 13 2012
President Barrack Obama signed into law an Act expanding Blue Star Mother eligibility to Grandmothers, Step Mothers, Foster Mothers, and legal female guardians. The Act originated from a resolution passed at the National Convention in 2010, and was introduced to Congress in August of 2011.
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc has over 7500 active members and is comprised of over 300 regional chapters. Each year over $3.5 million in donations are raised, over 70,000 care packages and 135,000 letters are sent to military members and Gold Star Mothers, and over 9,000 events are organized and attended to honor Veterans and Gold Star Mothers.