(September 24, 2009) In recent news, Grantham University, which manages the Blue Star Flag Program and MyBlueStarFlag.com site recently donated fifty (50) Blue Star Flags to Chaplains Organized Response to PTSD affecting Service Personnel (C.O.R.P.S.). C.O.R.P.S. is an inter faith-based initiative of care givers dedicated to helping soldiers and their families through its Blue Star Flag banner outreach program. They provide assistance to service men and women with counseling, employment, spirtual guidance and other needs and services.
According to Robert M. Cokinis CSM, Ep.Gn., Executive Director of C.O.R.P.S., “the Blue Banner or Service Flag tradition is part of our revivification of a long standing tradition and is an integral part of our overall outreach to connect the deployed and their families with the multitude of services and resources. To date, we have had privilege to present about ten of 50 flags so graciously donated by Grantham University. We bestow each flag with Grantham’s presidents’ greeting letter to let our soldiers and families know from where the tribute originates! Already, we have made solid relationships based on these offerings, which we hope will assist us in keeping C.O.R.P.S. in soldiers’ and their families’ minds if and when a need shall arise for further service.”
He continues, “C.O.R.P.S. is proud to revive this tradition in Operations’ Iraqi & Enduring Freedom with Grantham University and see further good this can do for our serving men and women well down the road.”
On July 25th, C.O.R.P.S. presented a Blue Star Banner to soldier Scott Connelly and his family at a send off party in Morton Grove this past July 25th.
The request was initiated by Scott’s aunt, Mrs. Peggy Karol, who had herself received the Blue Star 2 years before when her son Jack (Scott’s cousin) was to be deployed in Iraq that year. She was so moved by the presentation and how it helped her through the separation pain of sending her son to serve that she sought the same comfort for Scott’s mother and father as well as Scott’s wife Kathy and their small children. To read the article and full account of this story, click here.
“To date, we have had privilege to present about ten of 50 flags so graciously donated by Grantham University. We bestow each flag with Grantham’s presidents’ greeting letter to let our soldiers and families know from where the tribute originates!”