The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution offered by Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt honoring America's men and women in uniform who have been injured or become ill in service.
McCaskill and Blunt's bipartisan Senate resolution designates May 1, 2013, as "National Silver Star Service Banner Day" to recognize and thank servicemembers and their families for their sacrifices. The Senators serve together as members of the Committee on Armed Services.
"With so many American families affected by the sacrifices of an injured servicemember, this recognition is more timely than ever," McCaskill said. "Silver Star Service Banner Day provides everyone an opportunity to keep these men and women in their thoughts and prayers."
"National Silver Star Service Banner Day is an important chance to honor America's brave servicemen and women for their sacrifices to protect our freedoms," said Blunt. "We are incredibly grateful for these heroes and for their families."
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 by the Senate expresses support for the designation of May 1, 2013, 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.
McCaskill and Blunt have joined together to support a similar bipartisan resolution for the past two years.