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Governor Henry McMaster Honors Gold Star Families with “A Tree for the Fallen”

November 19, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by Gold Star families, S.C. Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, and representatives from the S.C. National Guard’s Survivor Outreach Services program to install “A Tree for the Fallen,” a Christmas tree commemorating the sacrifices made by South Carolina’s Gold Star families and their loved ones. 

The tree, which will remain in the hall of the governor’s office throughout the holiday season, holds 387 gold stars, reflecting the loss of South Carolina-connected Service Members since January 2014.

Link to video.

Survivor Outreach Services is a holistic, multi-agency approach to delivering long-term services to the families of fallen soldiers. Those services include help with benefit applications and providing information about grief and bereavement counseling, as well as financial counseling.