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Fort Lee officer featured on Gold Star Mother’s Day Poster
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Category: Survivor Outreach Updates
iReport —

By Kimberly Fritz

FORT LEE, Va. – “Celebrity” was never a word Chief Warrant Officer 5 Candis Martin imagined she would use to highlight her 35-year military career. She can now add that to her list of adjectives, however, because she’s currently featured on a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Gold Star Mother’s Day poster that was distributed Armywide.

Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed annually in the United States on the last Sunday of September. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Martin’s son, 1st Lt. Thomas M. Martin, died Oct. 14, 2007 in Al Busayifi, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Richardson, Alaska.

The poster, which features Martin holding framed photos of her son, is one way the Survivor Outreach Services program supports Gold Star families.

“While the poster features a Gold Star Mothers it’s about much more than just moms,” Martin said. “There are Gold Star dads, spouses, siblings and children.”

Martin said one of her hopes for the poster is that it will bring more awareness about what the gold star represents.

“I was talking with one of my coworkers, telling him I was coming down here to do this interview. He’s been in the Army for 24 years, and he’s been around a lot of Soldiers who have been lost,” Martin explained. “He said he truly had no idea what the gold star meant until he came here and met me. People just don’t know what the gold star represents. I think we need educational awareness.”

Martin said people see that Gold Star Lapel Pin on her uniform and want to know how they can get one.

“I tell them they don’t want one of those,” she said. “I do want people to be educated about what the gold star symbolizes though.”

Martin’s mind is always looking for a way to reach out.

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