Senate Passes Bennet, Ayotte Bipartisan Bill to Open Membership in Blue Star Mothers to More Family Members of Our Heroes

Bill Helps More Mothers of Military Service Members Join Support and Service Organization

The US. Senate has passed a bipartisan bill sponsored by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to expand membership in Blue Star Mothers of America to more mothers of current or former military service members. The bill passed with broad bipartisan support. 

Blue Star Mothers of America is a congressionally-chartered, non-political veterans service organization that supports mothers of service members, promotes patriotism and democracy, and organizes service projects to support the troops.

“Mothers and families of our service members make tremendous sacrifice at home when their sons, daughters sisters and brothers are deployed,” said Bennet. “Blue Star Mothers is a fantastic way for mothers and families to better support each other and their serving family members. This bill will ensure that the organization is open to all types of mothers whose sons and daughters have served in recent conflicts.”

"As a military spouse and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I deeply appreciate the invaluable support that our Blue Star Mothers provide not only to our men and women in uniform, but to their families," said Senator Ayotte. "Expanding membership opportunities will enable more women to become involved in this patriotic organization and to support America’s brave service members and their families who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and security."

“We truly appreciate Senator Bennet and Rep. Tipton’s support on our resolution changing the definition of a mother,” said Wendy Hoffman, former President of the Blue Star Mothers. “The current family structures are vastly different from those in 1942 and it is important to have those ‘mothers’ included that have significantly impacted the life of our service members.”

Last year, the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. voted to update its charter for the 21st century. It expanded membership opportunities for more women who have supported service members in new conflicts and addressed the composition of today’s family. This bill updates the Congressional Charter to reflect that vote and is fully endorsed by the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.

The bill would update the Blue Star Mothers Congressional Charter to:

  • Include grandmothers, foster mothers, and female legal guardians;
  • Expand membership to mothers whose children have served more recently, by removing references to specific conflicts; and
  • Expand membership to eligible mothers living outside of the U.S.

Rep. Scott Tipton, along with 51 representatives, has introduced a similar bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives.