As a part of our mission at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, we sponsor and host outreach programs and events for Gold Star Families. These events are intended to provide opportunities for Gold Star Families to come together, honor their fallen Heroes, and enjoy one another while also raising public awareness about Gold Star Families, their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their Loved Ones.
After the dedication of each monument The Foundation is focused on keeping each local Gold Star Family community engaged through sponsoring and hosting outreach programs and events.
Events include 5K runs and walks, motorcycle runs from monument to monument, riverboat gatherings, school speeches, as well as events like the Gold Star Families Day at the Ball Park.
These events are intended to provide opportunities for Gold Star Families to come together, honor their fallen Heroes, and build a system of support while also raising public awareness about Gold Star Families.
The Foundation provides a structured process for each type of event and works with the local Gold Star Family committee to organize the volunteers and resources needed.
The Foundation has begun to explore and engage in additional efforts to serve and support Gold Star Families through direct outreach through strategic partnerships. The intent of this program is to provide a clearinghouse of services for Gold Star Families and effectively guide them to organizations that can fulfill their needs. Our partners provide a range of services including Bereavement camps, grievance counseling, home improvement for Gold Star Families in need, therapy animal placement, etc.