Missouri's U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) today garnered unanimous approval of a resolution honoring America's men and women in uniform who have been injured or become ill in service.
Blunt and McCaskill's bipartisan Senate resolution designates May 1, 2012, as National Silver Star Service Banner Day--set aside to recognize and thank servicemembers and their families for their sacrifices.
"We cannot do enough to honor the brave men and women who have served or made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms," Blunt said. "I was proud to sponsor a resolution designating Silver Star Service Banner Day when I served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I'm proud to cosponsor it in the U.S. Senate again this year."
"Our men and women in uniform and their families make tremendous sacrifices every day," McCaskill said. "While we should always honor the heroic work of our military, our veterans and their families, it's my hope the designation of a Silver Star Service Banner Day will remind everyone to take a moment and show their appreciation for these brave men and women."
Silver Star Families of America (SSFoA) is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Clever, Mo., that honors and assists members of the U.S. 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 in military service and distributes Silver Star Flags and care packages to wounded veterans and their families.
The resolution approved today expresses support for the designation of May 1, 2012, as National Silver Star Service Banner Day, encouraging communities across the country to hold commemorative ceremonies and to honor the sacrifices made by injured troops and their families.
Last year, Blunt and McCaskill passed a similar resolution designating May 1 of 2011 National Silver Star Service Banner Day as well.