+ 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.
+ HOW CAN I GET A DEDICATION CAN MADE FOR SOMEONE?
There is no application for a Dedication Can. To avoid bias and keep the process as fair as possible, grant recipients in good standing will be eligible when there are openings for Dedication Cans.
If you are the authorized next of kin from a Gold Star Family and are interested in applying for a legacy grant from Dog Tag Brewing Foundation, you can find out more here.
+ WHERE IS DOG TAG BEER SOLD?
Please use the Beer Finder to find out if Legacy Lager is currently available near you.
+ CAN I BUY DOG TAG BEER ONLINE AND HAVE IT SHIPPED TO ME?
Dog Tag Brewing, LLC does not sell Dog Tag beer online. Please use the Beer Finder to find out if Legacy Lager is currently available near you.
+ IS EVERY BEER IN A PACKAGE DIFFERENT?
Yes. Dog Tag beer is randomly packaged so that each beer is dedicated to a different Fallen Warrior whose family has worked with us to receive a legacy grant. To learn more about the Fallen Warriors and the legacy grants in their honor, please click here
+ WHY DO YOU ONLY DISPLAY THE NAME OF THE UNIT AND SERVICE BRANCH FOR MARINES?
To date, only the Marine Corps has approved our use of its name and likeness on Dog Tag beer. Therefore, we can only share the name of the units of those Fallen Warriors that served in the Marines. Until we receive approval from other service branches, we are unable to display the name of the service and name of the unit on Dog Tag beer for other Fallen Warriors.
+ I WOULD LIKE TO SERVE DOG TAG BEER AT AN UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENT
Dog Tag Legacy Fund does not sell or donate Dog Tag beer (“Legacy Lager”) to individuals, organizations, or events. Please contact your local distributor for additional information.
+ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
+ HOW IS THE DOG TAG LEGACY FUND DIFFERENT FROM CHARITIES HELPING VETERANS?
Dog Tag Legacy Fund does not provide direct support to veterans or to any individuals. We are solely dedicated to supporting the legacy-building work of Gold Star Families by providing grants to support their projects and free training and consulting to foster success. This gives them the tools and the confidence they need to accomplish the one thing they want more than anything – to ensure their loved one is never forgotten. To our knowledge, no other organization is doing this work.
+ HOW CAN I HELP?
There are four main ways for Americans to get involved in this movement to build the legacies of our nation’s Fallen Warriors:
- Donate – more support means more families are able to build a legacy for their loved one.
- Connect – follow us on social media and share our story, and the stories of our Fallen Warriors.
- Get involved – support a legacy building project in your community.