Today, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt announced the Senate has approved a resolution sponsored by the Missouri Senators to honor our men and women in uniform who have been injured or become ill in combat and their families. The bipartisan Senate resolution, which supports the designation of May 1st as national Silver Star Service Banner Day, passed the Senate unanimously yesterday.
"Our men and women in uniform and their families sacrifice so much for this country. Every day we should honor the heroic work of our members of the military, our veterans and their families, but supporting the designation of a Silver Star Banner Day is a very small gesture to recognize that sacrifice," McCaskill said.
"Across Missouri and the nation, Silver Star Families of America work each day to honor those who have served or made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms," said Blunt. "I was proud to sponsor this resolution, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year, and I am proud to cosponsor it in U.S. Senate."
Silver Star Families of America (SSFoA) is a national non-profit program headquartered in Clever, Missouri that remembers, 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 physical or emotional trauma from war and distributes Silver Star Flags and care packages to wounded veterans and their families. The Senate-passed resolution expresses support for the designation of May 1st as National Silver Star Service Banner Day, calling on communities to hold commemorative ceremonies and to honor the sacrifices made by injured members of our Armed Forces and their families. More importantly, a national day encourages grateful Americans to help the brave men and women in uniform who are now in need of assistance after returning home from combat. McCaskill and then-Senator Bond passed a similar resolution designating May 1st of 2010 National Silver Star Service Banner Day as well. Then-U.S. Representative Blunt sponsored the House-passed version in 2010 as well.