Gold Star Families

Florida honors its Gold Star Families.  Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things anyone can go through. Florida Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) connects you with people who can help you move forward and find strength.

SOS Support Coordinators are located strategically throughout Florida to provide long-term support and assistance to Families of the Fallen.

Services provided by Florida SOS:

  • Provide expertise on State and Federal survivor benefits.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to the family in regard to entitlements and local resources.
  • Arrange for estate and financial advice when requested.
  • Educate the military command, community social services and support agencies of the needs of our military survivors.
  • Form networks and support groups so survivors will have peer support readily available.
  • Connect survivors with appropriate mental health support/counseling as requested.
  • Supply survivors with resource referrals for peer support, bereavement counseling, emergency financial services, Tricare, educational benefits, military reports and military benefits.

Governor DeSantis Signs Bill Supporting Gold Star Families

Honor and remember flag posterTAMPA – On June 26, 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/HB 427: Honor and Remember Flag, at the University of South Florida’s Office of Veteran Success.

“Here in Florida, we take great pride in being the most veteran-friendly state in the nation,” said Governor DeSantis. “With more than 1.5 million veterans living in Florida, this community makes up an important part of our state’s identity. While we may never be able to fully repay these men and women for their sacrifices, we will continue to do everything we can to support them and their families.”

“I’m proud of Governor DeSantis, our Cabinet and legislature for supporting FDVA and the 1.5 million veterans of our state,” said Danny Burgess, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “Together, we will work to ensure Florida continues to lead the charge as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”

CS/CS/HB 427, sponsored by Rep. Tommy Gregory and Sen. Joe Gruters, allows the flying of a new flag, the Honor and Remember Flag, to serve as the state’s emblem of the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in the line of duty. It allows the flag to be flown on Veterans Day, Gold Star Mother’s Day and a day on which a member of the United States Armed Forces who is a resident of Florida loses his or her life.

“It was my honor, as a retired Air Force officer and member of the Legislature, to ask the State of Florida to display this flag to honor the men and women who gave their lives defending our country and recognize the sacrifices of Gold Star families,” said Representative Gregory.

“It was an honor to be a part of this piece of legislation that recognizes and remembers our fellow Floridians, Gold Star Families, and Fallen Heroes who gave their lives so we can live ours,” said Senator Gruters.

For more information on CS/CS/HB 427, read the bill summary HERE.


Gold Star License Plate

Gold Star Family Plate

The Gold Star license plate is a special license plate developed to honor the family members of a servicemember killed while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For more information, visit https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicles-tags-titles/personalized-specialty-license-plates/specialty-license-plates/.


2018 Gold Star Family Day in Florida Resolution

2019 Children of Fallen Patriots Day Proclamation


Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments

Veterans Memorial Park
2100 Veterans Park Memorial Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34985
http://hwwmohf.org/port-st-lucie-fl.html

Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy
3915 E. 21st Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
http://hwwmohf.org/tampa-fl.html

Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments in Progress

Gainesville
Melbourne
Orlando
Palm Beach County
Palmetto Bay
Pensacola

Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation honoring Gold Star Families
http://hwwmohf.org/monument-overview.html

Additional Information

Consult the following websites for assistance and additional resources.

Florida Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)
https://fl.ng.mil/services/Pages/Survivor-Outreach-Services.aspx

Navy Gold Star Program
http://www.navygoldstar.com

American Gold Star Mothers
http://www.goldstarmoms.com/

Gold Star Fathers of Florida
https://www.goldstarfathersofflorida.org/

Gold Star Awareness
www.goldstarawareness.com

Gold Star Wives
http://www.goldstarwives.org/

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
http://www.taps.org/

Military OneSource
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/