Grieving Colorado Mothers Now Have Place To Turn

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

For the first time in Colorado, moms who have lost a son or daughter in war have a place to grieve.

The organization is called Gold Star Moms. The chapter created in Colorado Springs is called The Pikes Peak Gold Star Mothers.

Carla Sizer, of Colorado Springs, created the local chapter. Sizer told 11 News, she promised her son that she would never forget about him. Her son was SPC Dane Balcon and he was killed in Iraq six months ago. Since then, she's had a park named after him, SPC Dane R. Balcon Memorial Park in Falcon, and started a community for mothers just like her, The Pikes Peak Gold Star Mothers.

Gold Star Mom Susan Appleman said, "I have this huge hole in my heart. He was my son."

Appleman and about 15 other grieving moms gather once a month. They share stories, poems and pictures. They spend hours talking and letting it all out. They say it's helping them heal, but mostly they cry.

Ruth Stonesifer, a grieving mom and the Second Vice President of National American Gold Star Mothers said, "If there had been another Gold Star Mother in that room with me when I was sitting at my son's memorial service, I would have felt so much better."

All the women say no one can possibly understand what they're going through except for other moms just like them.

There are thousands of Gold Star Mothers across the country and until a few months ago, women in Colorado had no place to go. That's when Carla Sizer called the Gold Star Mothers Headquarters in Washington D.C.

"Why do I have to go to Wyoming to get support?," Sizer asked.

"'Start your own chapter,' they said. And I said, 'I will.'" said Sizer.

If you've lost a son or daughter, call the Gold Star Moms. They say they have so much support to offer other moms going through a hard time. You can call the national number at 202-265-0991, and they will be able to set you up with your local Gold Star Mom group.

Also, special bricks will be placed at the, SPC Dane R. Balcon Memorial Park in Falcon, before summer. The bricks will have names and pictures of soldiers who have died in combat. If you'd like your own brick you can call Conrad Goergen at 719-390-4585. The brick with the soldier's name on it costs $30.00. It's an extra $10.00 to add the soldier's picture. Your request will be processed at this address, 9024 Copenhagen Rd., Falcon CO, 80831, Attention Jan Pizzi. You can make your check payable to, Dane R. Balcon Veterans Park.

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