Gold Star Families receive golden opportunity

Gold Star Families receive golden opportunity

The Airman & Family Readiness Center at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is currently implementing The Gold Star Family Member Program, allowing base access to children, spouses and parents of deceased veterans. Individuals wishing to take part in this can apply by calling Jennifer Merritt, A&FRC Community Readiness Specialist, at (325) 696-5999. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman River Bruce)

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The Airman & Family Readiness Center at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is currently implementing The Gold Star Family Member Program, allowing base access to children, spouses and parents of deceased veterans.

The A&FRC is reaching out to any direct family members of veterans from any service who died from combat or acts of terrorism, on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

The Gold Star Family Member Program is Department of Defense-supported opportunity designed to provide hope and healing to those suffering military deaths.

Families that meet the GSFM qualifications now have the opportunity to gain base access to utilize different on-base facilities, such as the Chapel, Mesquite Grove Golf Course, Hangar Center, Legends Café, Bowling Center, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

Individuals wishing to take part in this can apply by calling Jennifer Merritt, A&FRC Community Readiness Specialist, at (325) 696-5999.

The application process will require the applicant’s full name, relationship to deceased, address, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, phone number, and email address, as well as information regarding the deceased member.

Dyess would also have to be the closest base to the applicant’s current address.

Opportunities at the A&FRC include the initial process of applying for and obtaining Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) cards, budgeting workshops, and employment workshops.

DBIDS cards grant access to the base in force-protection conditions A and B only.

Dyess also looks forwards to extending invitations to AGSF for various base events.

This outreach is part of an Air Force wide engagement to implement the Gold Star Families Program that was initiated May 1, 2017, at the following installations: Joint-Base Andrews, Peterson, Wright Patterson, Fairchild, and Patrick Air Force bases.

“This is a new and heart-warming program for family members meeting this criteria,” said Merritt. “We are still in the process of seeking out resources available to our GSFM’s, and we look forward to providing Gold Star Family Members with opportunities and events as this program grows.”

Merritt hopes this program will give a sense of hope and happiness to those who qualify.

The A&FRC invites all who qualify to take part in this new program that will only grow from here.