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Gold Star children is honored in the new program

A non-profit organization that honors fallen soldiers and their families by the implementation of a new initiative started this year a program dedicated to the Gold Star for children.

Wear blue, run to remember, is a national running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military, but the co-founder, Lisa Hallett, who has led the organization for almost a decade, decided to direct attention and effort to our “newest heroes”- the Golden Star for the youth.

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Hallett started the wear blue Gold Star Youth Mentoring Program in April, which pairs soldiers in active service with the children of fallen service members.

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Photo by Ingrid Barrentine.

“So much attention is given to parents and spouses, but our Gold Star youth do not always have a conscious path to honor, remember, and celebrate the death of their hero,” Hallett told Fox News. “We had no idea where this program is going on, but it is amazing to see that our young people and mentors to connect.”

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the mentor and the Golden Star youth participated in a “Heroes’ Journey” accompanied by family members and local athletes. On Monday, Memorial Day, the mentor of the training and mentoring the Gold Star children to participate in wear blue ‘ s annual Memorial Day run. Wear the blue had Memorial Day meet-ups at different locations throughout the country.

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The run featured upwards of 2,000 soldiers, civilians, and Gold Star families; and of the 21 young people, and 23 mentors that participate directly in the program.

Hallett told Fox News that the program had a very personal impact on her family. Her husband, CPT John Hallett, was killed on August 25, 2009, just three weeks after the birth of their third child, Heidi, and just six weeks after his deployment with the 5th Stryker Brigade Shah Wali Kot District in Kandahar. Captain John Hallett, was killed when his unit came across an improvised explosive device.

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“While my children, Jackson, Bryce, and Heidi would never know that their Daddy as we had hoped, I want to his fellow-soldier, and to serve as a role model, provides a glimpse into the life of the service that have defined John’s career, his passions, and ultimately his death,” Hallett told Fox News. “This Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program has illuminated my children’s father for them, set healthy coping mechanisms, rebuilt their identity as military children, and empowered them on their journeys forward.”

The organization was founded following the redeployment of 5-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, a unit that, while deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, sustained a significant amount of combat losses and casualties. During the deployment, a small group of 5-2 women and the battalion support staff met weekly to run, seeking to create a supportive network for the other. When the brigade returned, Hallett, and co-founder, Erin O’connor, turned the small group into a national vision.

“I’m so proud of these kids – it was so powerful to hear them, our latest heroes, say the names of the cases, the parents, and tell how they have chosen to move forward in their lives,” Hallett told Fox News. “They are an inspiration—to live a little stronger, push a little harder, and a little bit better.”

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @brookefoxnews.

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