Navy Gold Star

The purpose of the Navy Gold Star Program is to deliver on the Navy’s commitment to surviving families of deceased service members. The Navy Gold Star Program connects you with people who can help you cope with your loss.

Oftentimes after the loss a loved one, unresolved issues or questions may present themselves months or years after a loss. The Navy is dedicated to providing long-term casualty assistance to foster resiliency for surviving families of deceased service members for as long as they desire.


Widow, parents and next of kin of deceased service members. The term widow includes widowers. The term parents includes; mother, father, step mother, step father, mother or father through adoption and foster parents who stood in loco parentis. Next of kin includes children, brothers, sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters. Children include step children and children through adoption.

Navy Gold Star is an inclusive program — regardless of your loved one’s military branch, location, or manner of death. Our commitment to you is that regardless of the branch of service, we will provide you with support and help you locate your branch’s survivor services. Navy Gold Star support coordinators provide dedicated outreach and support when, and for as long as you desire. Our coordinators are located all over the United States and are ready to help you in any way they can.

Navy Gold Star coordinators use an all-inclusive approach to delivering services through a combination of both available government and non-government programs and organizations, i.e. chaplain services, personal financial counseling, school liaison assistance, family employment and clinical counseling.

Gold Star Referral

Would you like more information about the Navy Gold Star Program? Complete our ONLINE REFERRAL FORM and a FFSC Gold Star Coordinator will contact you.

Remembering the Fallen

Gold Star Lapel Button

Gold Star Pins signify the ultimate sacrifice made by our Sailors and their Families. This symbol consists of a gold star on a purple background, bordered in gold and surrounded by gold laurel leaves. It is designated for eligible survivors of service members who lose their lives during any armed hostilities in which the United States is engaged, dating back to World War I. This includes service members who lose their lives while deployed in support of military operations against the enemy or during an international terrorist attack.

Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel Lapel Button

This symbol consists of a gold star within a circle that commemorates his or her honorable service. The gold star is also surrounded by sprigs of oak that represent the branches of the Armed Forces. It is designated for eligible survivors of service members who lose their lives while serving honorably under circumstances not defined above. This includes service members who lose their lives while assigned to a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status. It is authorized for issue retroactive to March 29, 1973.

Gold Star Service Flag

The Gold Star Service Flag is displayed in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Contact Information Phone
SW Region Navy Gold Star Coordinator 619-532-2886
Naval Base Coronado FFSC Gold Star Coordinator 619-767-7225
Naval Base San Diego FFSC Gold Star Coordinator 619-556-2190
Naval Base Ventura County FFSC Gold Star Coordinator 805-982-6018