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HERE FOR THE TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES

For over 60 years, Blue Star Mothers have always volunteered during tough times. They have worked in hospitals, packed care packages for troops, and provided a supportive shoulder to lean on for other Military Mothers and family members.

 

WHAT BEING A BLUE STAR MOM IS ALL ABOUT

Being attacked on our own soil has once again compelled mothers to hang flags in their windows at home proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom during a time of war. We help Mothers find ways to give back while their children serve our country.

 

COME JOIN US, WE NEED YOUR HELP

The Oregon Chapter (OR1) of the Blue Star Mothers of America was formed in December 2008. Our growing membership supports each other, our children and all members of our Military, including local veterans who have faithfully served our Country.

We are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. We are a non-profit (501[c]3) service organization supporting each other and our children while promoting patriotism.

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is authorized by the U.S. Code: Title 36; Section 943, as of January 26, 1998.

 

NATIONAL HISTORY

On January 22, 1942 the Flint News Advertiser printed a coupon asking mothers of serviceman to return the coupon after filling it out. The following February 1st, 300 mothers met in the Durant Hotel in Flint, Michigan. Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair of this first meeting. It was decided after receiving 1,000 responses from the ad to form a permanent organization.

On February 6th, 1942, the Blue Star Mothers of America was reported on Congressional record. Chapters then formed in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Iowa and Washington. In June of 1960 the organization was chartered by congress.

Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II. They worked in hospitals,and train stations, packed care packages for soldiers and were a working part of homeland security during our time of war. The organization waned in size over the years but has held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times we have began to grow in strength.

Our organization not only provides support for active duty service personnel, it also promotes patriotism, assists Veterans organizations, and is available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.

For more information about Blue Star Mothers Of America, click here.