Measure honors ill and injured service members

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) commended unanimous Senate passage of their resolution designating, May 1, 2017, as Silver Star Service Banner Day.  Blunt and McCaskill have introduced similar legislation annually to honor our nation’s wounded and ill service members and veterans, and their families.

“Every day that we enjoy the freedom and security that we have as Americans is a day we owe to our military men and women,” Blunt said. “Silver Star Service Banner Day is an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices our service members have made on our behalf, especially those who will carry those sacrifices with them for the rest of their lives. I’m glad we were once again able to pass this resolution, and I urge my colleagues to join us in designating every May 1 as a day to honor our ill and injured service members and veterans, and their families.”

Blunt and McCaskill have also introduced a separate measure that would permanently designate May 1 as Silver Star Service Banner Day.

McCaskill continued, “Today is a good day for our small gesture that recognizes the incredible heroism of the many Missouri service members who were injured while protecting our country. Silver Star Banner Service Day reminds us that the sacrifices of these men and women, and their families, are the reason we have the freedoms we’re blessed to enjoy in this country.”

Silver Star Families of America is a national non-profit program headquartered in Clever, Mo.

The organization honors and assists members of the Armed Forces and their families from every branch of service and from all wars. SSFOA provides assistance to veterans who have suffered illness or injury in the course of their service, and distributes Silver Star Flags and care packages to wounded veterans and their families.