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Understanding the Significance of the Gold Star

July 11, 2020
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From the Department of Defense website

More than 7,000 American service members have been killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq alone since September 11, 2001. More than 16,000 have died of other causes in that time. Gold Star families have borne the losses, and Defense Department officials want Americans – especially those serving in the department – to understand what the Gold Star lapel pin and Next of Kin lapel pins mean.

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