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Interview | Fox & Friends | May 26, 2019

‘You can’t let grief win’: Gold Star widow pens survival guide for military loss… [Watch the full interview on the Fox News Channel].

Interview | Mike Gooding WVEC/13 ABC | May 14, 2019

Book aims to help grieving Gold Star parents cope with the loss of sons, daughters… [Watch the interview at WVEC].

Commentary | 5 Ways to Support Families of the Fallen on Memorial Day, by Joanne Steen

Gold Star families often resent the fact that remembrance is frequently overshadowed by fun on Memorial Day. Although it is a federal holiday designed as a day to honor all service members who have honorably served and died in an active duty status, it is also a federal holiday that has evolved to an unofficial-start-of-summer event… [Read the entire piece in Military Times].

Interview | ‘Communities of Grief, by Cathy Lewis

Today, Cathy Lewis leads a discussion about how our families and our communities help us deal with tragedy. We talk to Joanne Steen, author of We Regret to Inform You: A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them… [Listen to the interview at HearSay].

Interview | Allison Mechanic WTKR/3 CBS | May 14, 2019

…Instead of letting her grief consume her, Steen used it to help others. She went back school, enrolling at Old Dominion University to become a counselor to help others… [Watch the interview at WKTR].

Feature | ‘We Regret to Inform You’ Offers Grief Guidance for Gold Star Families, by Aaron Kassraie

After coauthoring her first book, Military Widow: A Survival Guide, in 2006, Joanne Steen was approached by a ‘Gold Star’ parent — a term given to the immediate family members of someone who died while serving in the armed forces — and asked when she would write a book for her… [Read the entire piece at AARP].

OP-ED | 3 things Gold Star families want you to know this Memorial Day, by Joanne Steen

Memorial Day is one of America’s long-standing holidays that has been in place since the end of the Civil War. When it was first observed, it wasn’t a three-day weekend known for mega sales, cookouts or the unofficial start of summer; it was a day of remembrance and gratitude for those who died in service to their country… [Read the entire piece in Military Times].