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Our Organization

The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is a charitable 501c(3) nonprofit organization that pursues specific endeavors and goals through the vision of Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams. The Foundation encourages, with the assistance of the American public and community leaders, establishing permanent Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities throughout the United States, conducting Gold Star Families Outreach across the country, providing Living Legacy scholarships to eligible Gold Star Children, and advocating for educational benefits for all Gold Star Family members.

The impact of the Foundation’s work helps to raise public awareness about Gold Star Families’ enduring sacrifice and the ultimate sacrifice made by their Loved Ones. The Foundation wishes to educate the community about these sacrifices, reminding us all that freedom has not been and is not free.

Our Goals

The goals of the Foundation include:

  • Assisting in the promotion, creation, and implementation of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in every State throughout the country and in many communities.
  • Developing and expanding the Foundation Outreach program with a custom plan designed and deployed to reach out to all the stakeholders to increase organizational public awareness that will help sustain and grow the Foundation's reputation, reach and impact.
  • Awarding scholarships to eligible Gold Star Children per the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Education Foundation scholarship guidelines.
  • Educating and raising awareness in the American public about Gold Star Families and their sacrifices that they have made for the freedoms we enjoy every day as Americans, through outreach, education, and example.

Mission Statement

To honor, recognize, and serve Gold Star Families and the legacy of their Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Our Core Values


We embrace the indomitable courage demonstrated by the Gold Star family members, relatives and Gold Star Children for their enduring sacrifice.


We support sacrifice and service above self as principles that all Americans should strive for as citizens of a free and prosperous nation.


We promote love of country and are committed to support and defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.


We believe that America’s destiny lies in its youth and are committed to helping them become worthy citizens of our country in the belief that ordinary Americans have the potential to challenge fate and change the course of history.


We believe that the mark of a true hero is to have the moral courage to do what needs to be done because it is the right thing to do.


We believe that it is our belief that commitment such as that of our servicemen and servicewomen to serve their country can be demonstrated in all ways of life.