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• Kudos to the Gold Star Wives of America, for the organization is being recognized this year on April 5 on Gold Star Wives Day.

This nonprofit organization provides a unique service to its members not available from any other organization. For more than 68 years, Gold Star Wives has been dedicated to securing the health and welfare of its members and their children by appearing before House and Senate committees to speak about issues related to the improvement of benefits in education, medical care and other military survivor programs.

Through the years, Gold Star Wives have spearheaded increased dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) retention after age 55 if remarried, elimination of the DIC offset to the survivors benefit program (SBP) and improved health and pharmacy benefits.

Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or email