Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Gold Star Moms vote to allow non-citizens to join

See, that wasn't that hard, was it?

::::::::A group for mothers whose children died in war voted Monday to allow non-U.S. citizens to join, after coming under criticism for denying membership to a Filipina mother whose son was killed in Afghanistan.

The 1929 charter of American Gold Star Mothers (search) had prevented foreign citizens from joining. Earlier this year, the organization's 12-member executive board voted against changing the rule.


The change was approved unanimously Monday during the American Gold Star Mothers' annual convention in the Dallas area.

"This change to our constitution was the right thing to do, but we had to make the change the right way," said Judith Young, the group's new president.

I had written earlier on the topic and thought the group should change its constitution to handle the reality of today's military. I am suspicious that, in spite of Ms. Young's comments, that they would likely not have changed their rules were they not put under a very large microscope and had the situation noted in the public eye. However, I'm glad that non-citizen parents of members of our military can now be included in the group, should they wish.