Helping Those Who Help US
How We Accomplish This Mission: By providing tangible support and resources to US Military Personnel, US Veterans, First Responders, and their families; while continuing our support of the families of our Fallen Heroes. We assist in any way that we can to show our continued Respect and Admiration by doing what is necessary and within our power to maintain this support for them and their families each day.
To raise awareness within our community of the needs of our U.S. service members and those who have served our Country; enlisting the assistance of our local community in support of these needs through various programs. We honor the sacrifices that our U.S. service members, their families and many individuals have made and continue to make; we ensure that we will continue to assist them with their needs through support, resources, education and friendship.
We are proud to be able to expand our mission to honor our First Responders and their families, offering support and resources when and where we can.
Lodestar-All County Blue Star Families
What is a Lodestar and why did you choose that name? A Lodestar is a star, usually an alternate name for the North Star that is used to guide one along their journey. We chose this name because for years (and still today) the North Star was/is the star that our military would align their sites with, their compasses to guide them along their path either home or to their desired destination. We are here as part of that journey, an organization that can be looked to as a resource, guiding our military members, our veterans, our 1st Responders, their families and the families of our Fallen Heroes along their path to their needs/destination.
What is a Blue Star Family? A Blue Star Family is a family who has a loved one serving in the US Armed Forces. Once your loved one signs on the "dotted line" to join any of our Branches of Service, you are a Blue Star Family. We honor not only the service of your loved one but also your service here on the homefront. It can be difficult to know what all the acronyms stand for much less knowing what to expect when your loved one is serving, deployed or transitioning back to civilian life. That is what we are here for as guides for our military families, our service members families (Moms, Dads, siblings, grandparents, etc.) and our veterans.
What is a Lodestar guide? We call our volunteers "guides" for this reason: While the word volunteer encompasses so much, what many people seem to forget is that a volunteer is usually a knowledgeable person who gives freely of their time to assist others, in other words, they are a guide for that particular person; allowing their own knowledge, expertise, assistance to the individual that they are working with, "guiding" them along their path to the end result they are seeking.
You may contact us via regular mail at: P.O. Box 2006, Fremont, CA 94536 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A service flag or service banner in the United States is an official banner that family members of service members can display. The flag or banner is defined as a white field with a red border, with a blue star for each family member serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during any period of war or hostilities in which the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged. A gold star (with a blue edge) represents a family member that died during service, without specifying cause of death. The deceased might have been killed in action, or died due to unrelated causes
The individuals entitled to display the service flag are clearly defined in 36 USC § 901 which reads:
The U.S. Code also discusses the wearing of lapel pins.
The lovely blue star garden flag is available for purchase, just $5 each. Shipping and handling is an additional charge. We now offer the flag stand as well for an additional fee of $10 and it requires an additional shipping/handling fee also. You can print out your order form here: http://webzoom.freewebs.com/alamedacountybluestarmoms/lodestar garden banner order form.pdf
We thank you for and appreciate your support, financially and otherwise. It has been an honor to assist our military; active duty, reserve; veterans and all the families. We look forward to continuing our commitment!
While on our site, you will notice various links to other non-profit and for-profit organizations. Lodestar does not endorse products for any vendor, we provide information to you that you may not have otherwise been aware of and your decision to contact any other organization, use their products, donate time or funds to them is entirely your own decision for which we take no responsibility in any manner.
We do not have members but encourage volunteers to spread the word about our commitment to assisting our military, veterans and families, we do not endorse any particular person in any other organization or association to speak on our behalf.