Blue Star Mothers bill signed into law

The President recently signed into law a bipartisan bill to expand membership in Blue Star Mothers of America to more mothers of current or former military service members.

Mary Jo Muellner, is the president of the Pine City Blue Star Moms MN Chapter 16. This group is not limited to Pine City residents, but is open to mothers throughout East Central Minnesota. For more information on the Pine City Blue Star Moms Chapter e-mail or find the group on Facebook.

Blue Star Mothers of America is a congressionally-chartered, non-political veterans service organization that supports mothers of service members, promotes patriotism and democracy, and organizes service projects to support the troops.

“The structure of families has evolved drastically since our Charter in 1960 or our original founding in 1942,” said Blue Star Mothers President Robin McCarthy. “We recognize the impact made upon the lives of our service men and women by all those maternal caregivers who have played the role of ‘mother’ for them.  It has been our intention to include and support them all in the membership of Blue Star Mothers of America.”

Last year, the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. voted to update its charter for the 21st century. It expanded membership opportunities for more women who have supported service members in new conflicts and addressed the composition of today’s family. This law updates the Congressional Charter to reflect that vote and is fully endorsed by the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.

The law updates the Blue Star Mothers Congressional Charter to:

• Include grandmothers, foster mothers, and female legal guardians;

• Expand membership to mothers whose children have served more recently, by removing references to specific conflicts; and

• Expand membership to eligible mothers living outside of the U.S.