It’s a sorority no one wants to join. You become a Gold Star Mom when your child dies in war.
Donna Robinson came to this country from Jamaica for a better chance at life. This Gwynn Oak mom can remember the exact second her life changed. “August 26, 2005.” Her son. Her baby. Damian died. The Staff Sgt, Army medic with the 173rd Airbourne, was killed by an I-E-D in Afghanistan.
He was 23.
She did not need a knock at the door, she felt a knock on her heart. She was overcome with emotion at her work desk. Something was wrong with her son. She knew it. Could sense it. The first knock she didn’t hear it. She was inside her home shaking and getting ready for church choir practice.
Donna heard the return knock.
15 years have worn her down even more.
She can’t work because of a barking back. Donna has been packed up for a year waiting to sell and downsize to another place.
She cannot qualify and money is tight. She leans on the Maryland Chapter of Gold Star Moms and Warrior Events for support.
These Gold Star Moms can name the date, exact time and year and all they ask of you is to think of them during this Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.