What is the application process for a dedication can?

Dedication Cans are reserved for sharing the stories of Fallen Warriors whose families have established or are establishing legacy-building projects that celebrate the lives and service of their loved one. Our current focus is working with the families of those servicemen and women who were killed in action during the conflicts in Iraq (OIF/OND) and Afghanistan (OEF). Because of our commitment to personal, high-quality service, only a limited number of stories can be shared on Dedication Cans each year.

If you are the authorized next of kin from a Gold Star Family and are interested in learning more about the steps involved in the grant process, please select the Dedication Can Process on our Cans & Grants page.


What is a gold star Family?

The term "Gold Star Family" refers to the family of a military serviceman or servicewoman who died in service to the nation. The term is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate 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 were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.


What does a gold star pin represent?

There are two different lapel pins issued by the Department of Defense to Gold Star Family members. The pins serve as a public display and remembrance of their sacrifices. 

The Gold Star Lapel Pin was established by Congress in 1947 and is given to widows, parents and next of kin of those service members killed in combat. The pin features a gold star on a field of purple and surrounded by laurel leaves.

The Next of Kin Lapel Pin, approved in 1973, is presented to the primary next of kin of service members who lose their lives while serving on active duty or while assigned in a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status. This pin features a gold star on a gold background and surrounded by four oak sprigs.


Where is Dog Tag beer sold?

Dog Tag beer will be distributed nationally in 2016 under a license agreement between Dog Tag Brewing, LLC and a national distributor. Please connect with us on Facebook and stay tuned for updates and information on when and where Dog Tag beer will be available near you.


Can I buy Dog Tag beer online and have it shipped to me?

Unfortunately our beer is not currently available for sale online and we are not licensed to sell directly to consumers. Additional distribution opportunities will be developed through the license agreement. Stay tuned for more.


Is every beer different in a certain package purchased? 

Yes.  Each beer is dedicated to a different fallen warrior within your six-pack or case purchased.  Every time you grab a beer you should raise a toast, celebrate their life and learn about what charity the family has selected for the grant money to be applied towards.


I have a special event coming up and I would like to serve Dog Tag beer. Who should I contact?

At this time, we do not directly sell or donate Dog Tag beer to individuals, organizations, or events that are not directly related to the Gold Star Family initiatives we work with.


Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities

Dog Tag Legacy Fund is proud to partner with select organizations on a very limited basis. For more information, please contact us at info@dogtagbrewing.org