Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Clerk's Office is now offering Gold Star Parent identification cards to military parents.

The identification card will honor 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, who serves as liaison to the Veterans Service Bureau. "The Gold Star Parents deserve our appreciation and recognition.

"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," he said.

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

The "Gold Star Parent" recognizes a parent, legal guardian or other legal custodian of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who died while on active duty for the United States.

"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.

An identification card can be issued to any Gold Star Parent who is a resident of the County.

"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, who serves as liaison to the Ocean 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 true name and branch of the armed forces in which the person who lost his or her life while on active duty served, and other identifying information as certified by the applicant.

Applicants need to show any or all of the following: 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 and or documentation indicating the applicant's relationship to the service member.

For more information regarding the program, visit the Office of the Ocean County Clerk at 118 Washington St., here, or call (732) 929-2018.

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