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Blue Star Moms Indian Valley Chapter hold up portraits of their children in the military. From left to right: Alicia Hammerich, Denise Savala, Liz Molina, Anna Lawson, and Stacey Stoy. Photo submitted

Blue Star Moms Chapter forms in Indian Valley

   Moms with adult children in uniform from Indian Valley now have their very own Blue Star Moms Chapter. The chapter was chartered just a few weeks ago and is ready for action.

   “We formed because we are all very proud military moms and we want to support our children and the Veterans in our community,” said president Anna Lawson whose two sons are both in the military—the older, Colton Lawson in the Army, and the younger Westin Lawson in the Air Force.

   Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., “supports each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our veterans or the families of our Fallen Heroes” according to their webpage. There are roughly 6,000 members and over 200 chapters across the country.

   “We will be doing a lot of fundraising. We will be participating in the local parades. One of our first goals is to get service banners up in town along highway 89. We will be sending care packages to the troops who are deployed,” said Lawson. Care packages can be vital for the emotional and physical well-being of troops far from home—especially on overseas deployments.

   “We plan on connecting with our local American Legion and supporting them in any way we can,” Lawson continued.

   Their first event will be a fundraising booth at the Taylorsville 4th of July parade and Silver Buckle Rodeo.

   It can be hard on a mom to have her two adult children in their late teens and early 20s so far away. Lawson chats on messenger apps with one son daily; the other, who is in trainings right now, she gets to speak to on the phone on the weekends. But with Blue Star Moms, she has other moms in that same predicament that she can lean on.

   “I am so proud of both of them and thankful they are building solid foundations for their futures,” said Lawson.

   Other local Blue Star Moms feel the same. Current officers are president Anna Lawson, vice president Liz Molina, treasurer Alicia Hammerich, financial secretary Stacey Stoy, and recording secretary Denise Savala.

   The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Greenville branch Plumas Bank building in downtown Greenville. For more information interested moms can reach out to Lawson at (530) 616-9017 or email [email protected].

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