Military Gold Star Parents Offered County ID Cards

Feb 21, 2018

The Ocean County Clerk’s Office now has Gold Star Parent identification cards available to military parents. The card honors the parents of military members who died while on active duty.

“Ocean County is proud of its veterans and we honor the memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Veterans Service Bureau. “The Gold Star Parents deserve our appreciation and recognition.”

“The Gold Star Parent ID card opens up opportunities for a parent or guardian, allowing them to access courtesies like discounts extended to military families,” said Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella.

A parent, legal guardian or other legal custodian who is a resident of Ocean County may apply. Applicants must show any or all of the following to the Ocean County Clerk’s Office: certification from an organization formed for the support of parents of members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives while on active duty for the United States; that the applicant is a parent, legal guardian or legal custodian; the service member’s federal DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, which identifies the member of the Armed Forces who died while on active duty for the United States.

The identification card was established earlier this year after former Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation creating it.

“In addition to the veteran identification cards offered by the county clerk, this program allows for family members of veterans to be recognized,” said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, liaison to the county clerk’s office. “The Board of Freeholders appreciates the efforts of the county clerk, as we all recognize our service men and women and their families.”

The Gold Star Parents identification card displays the words “Gold Star Parent,” bears the name and branch of the Armed Forces in which the person who lost his or her life while on active duty, and other identifying information as certified by the applicant.

“The addition of the Gold Star Parent Identification Program is a small way to honor the loved ones of those who have lost their lives protecting our country,” Little said.

For more information regarding the program, stop by the Office of the Ocean County Clerk, 118 Washington St., Toms River, or call 732-929-2018.  —M.S.

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