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American Gold Star Mothers, Inc


If you meet the membership requirements, we would be happy to have you join us. Just print out the membership application, fill it out and send it in. It is helpful, but not necessary for membership, if you send in a Photo Release with your application. You will need Adobe Reader or a similar program to print the forms.

National membership dues are $30. Local chapter and Dept dues are additional and vary across the country. Most are about $3 to $5. See our list of all departments and chapters to find one near you.

Provide documentation verifying your mother/child relationship and that your son or daughter died while on active duty. Documentation may include any of the following: Report of Casualty (DD1300), Certificate of Death (Overseas) (DD2064), your child's birth certificate, or legal adoption document. Stepmothers must provide legal documentation that you established a parent/child relationship before your child's 15th birthday.


The term Gold Star Mother refers to any mother who has lost a child in the service of our country.

An American Gold Star Mother is a Gold Star Mother who has joined the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc organization (AGSM).

AGSM is a private organization and can set its own membership rules. Our qualifications for membership have changed over the years. There is currently no requirement that your service member was killed in action or in a particular theater of operation to be a member.

Our Constitution and By Laws state:
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of Mothers whose sons and daughters served and died while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, or died as a result of such service, or were missing in action.

The DoD makes distinctions in determining which of the Gold Star Pins are awarded based on the manner and place of death but we do not. All served and all undertook the associated risks.