We are a 501(c)(3) charity Veteran Service organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and made up of mothers who have or have had children serving our country in the military. Our chapter is affiliated with Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. and was formed to honor and serve Connecticut’s troops, Veterans, mothers of our military troops, Gold Star Mothers & Families, and to promote patriotism at home.
Our history begins in 1942, when Captain George H. Maines conceived the idea to form such a group and took to the newspaper to request mothers to complete and send in coupons identifying themselves as mothers of service men.
An overwhelming response gave rise to forming a permanent organization and within a short period of time, Blue Star Mother chapters were formed in 9 states and the selfless acts of service flourished. In June, 1960, Congress chartered this Organization.
Middlesex County Blue Star Mothers received our Charter on March 1, 2008. There were 8 Founding mothers of CT3 and by the end of 2008 we had more than doubled in size. Today CT3 has grown into an active, vibrant chapter that continues to serve active duty service men and women, military families, veterans, and Gold Star Mothers. We lend our support wherever there is a need to be filled. We proudly display the Blue Star Mothers service banner for our children serving in the Armed Forces.
Our Chapter has a rich history of serving active duty service men and women, Veterans, Gold Star Mothers and their families. Through our fundraising efforts, we:
- compile and send care packages to deployed troops in November
- award a scholarship to a Connecticut high school senior whose parent is Active Duty or a Veteran
- donate needed items throughout the year to the Hartford Vet Center, Rocky Hill Veterans Home and Hospital, West Haven VA; PTSD and TBI Clinics, Fisher House, to name a few.
Through our volunteer efforts, we:
- Have Representatives with West Haven’s Veteran Affairs Volunteer services (VAVs)
- deliver cookies from the Girl Scouts of America Cookies for Hero’s program to troops, First Responders, VFW halls, Recruiting centers, VA centers and Guard units twice a year
- participate in Stand Down Day which provides essential services for veterans
- partake in local parades and ceremonies within our communities
- participate in CT Legislative sessions involving Veteran affairs, as necessary
- sponsor an Ice Cream Social and other events for residents at the Rocky Hill Veterans Home and Hospital
- make Quilts of Comfort which are given to Gold Star Mothers in memory of their fallen child.
- participate in Wreath Across America programs and Wreath Laying ceremonies across Connecticut and at Arlington National Cemetery as well as sponsor wreaths for CT Trees of Honor Memorial each year
- as part of our Blue to Gold program, host a Gold Star Mothers Luncheon
- participate in several other events, such as Run for the Fallen, the CT Trees of Honor Memorial, APK Charities – 5k Ruck March and school events that help promote Veteran Awareness