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A Gold Star Family Is More Than Family

Gold Star Mother (GSM), Mellissa Sandvick, became a GSM on Oct. 8, 2006, when her son, LCpl. Jeremy Sandvick-Monroe, died from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations against enemy forces, in Anbar, Iraq. Mellissa is the sole GSM in Phillips County.

The last Sunday in September each year is designated as Gold Star Mother Recognition Day. Mellissa was asked how she wanted to observe the day, her choice was with friends and family with treats at the local DQ.

Sunday, Mellissa was joined by those in her life. Past Commander of the VFW, Jim Layton, gave a talk about the importance of m...


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