April 9, 2015 - It was 50 years ago when Linda Vrba Geoghegan received the heart wrenching telegram she'll never forget reading.
A cab driver had pulled up to her parents' home in Stedman to deliver the telegram: Her husband, Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Vrba, was killed serving in Vietnam.
Many other women have bonded over similar tragedies - husbands who have died serving in the military, or after they've returned to the country after service. The women have leaned on each other through the Gold Star Wives of America Inc. organization.
April 5 marked the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of Gold Star Wives of America Inc. Congress designated April 5 as Gold Star Wives Day.
The organization's most significant work is helping a spouse navigate benefits available to her, said Ann Childress, president of the local chapter.
"Our main goal is helping the widows get their lives in order," she said. read more>>>