This organization provides a loving safe place that helps the families of the fallen on many levels.
The lifestyles and freedom we enjoy come at a heavy price. The children, wives, parents and families of the soldiers who fell here and abroad have a group and a place where they can be with others who share similar loss. We can't bring back the fallen, but we can try to help the families heal and cope. There is much love and appreciation for the families and the founder of this organization.
Being there-reaching out has been a great experience for my wife and I. We are part of the organization which you don't want to be member as a Gold Star parent. We lost our Son in Iraq in 2005. The loss has been a big hole in our lives. BT-RO has given us hope thru supporting all the Gold Star families, weather you are a parent, spouse, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandparent. BT-RO gives us the support and helps open up to share our issues and grief. All the members embrace our ups and downs and can relate to our issues. We can lift each other up at times. The leadership is excellent and treat all the membership with the upmost respect.
Don and Kate Jansky
Having an organization that schedules events for those of us who have lost military family members is so much more important than I can even put into words. Having others around you who truly understand your feelings and can help you deal with them has been the most amazing gift. After the loss of my brother, my mom joined BT/RO. I never thought it would be something I was interested in, but I have found it to be the most amazing group of people I have ever met. Having group activities for the Gold Star families helps us in so many ways, and we are all able to talk about our loved ones in a way we can't always do on a regular basis. It's a sad way for such a wonderful group of people to come together, but I feel so fortunate to be a part of it.
We have been a member for three years.Our experience with BT/RO has been very heartfelt. Even though our son was killed on leave in a car accident here at home, this group has helped us deal with the loss of our son and also connected us with others going through the same pain. I thank this group a million times over for all the help they have given us. My husband who has a hard time talking to others has done a great job with this group, it has helped him very much. I could go on forever on what this group means to us, just want them to know they are our back bone.. Love to all if them and they really dont get enough credit for what they do... Thanks Lori and Scott
Shortly after our son, CPL Stephen W. Castner, was killed in Iraq in July of 2006, we were invited to join BT-RO. I cannot put into words what the various associations with others who have lost their sons and daughters has meant to us. When I meet them, I know that they know exactly what I an feeling. I don't have to explain anything to them. They know. I cannot overlook the tremendous effort that Judith Singer has put into this organization. She started it, and she is the motivating force behind the activities. We all owe Judith more than a huge thank you. I am honored to count her as a true friend as a direct result of my association with this organization. This organization is unique. It has helped me move a few steps closer to accepting my son's death.
Being There - Reaching Out provides Compassion, Understanding, Listening and Love to our Families of our Fallen Military. Being a Vietnam Veteran, I have learned that it is sharing our experiences and our hope with the living keeps the spirits of my Brother & sister who gave thier all for my Freedom. Being There Reaching Out allows the families to be together with thier sorrows as well as with thier hope. Truly a Blessing shared.
My experience with volunteering with BTRO is over the top heart warming and at the same time heart wrenching. These families have found one another only through the efforts of this organization. The families are neatly organized to come together at least quarterly. Age appropriate activities are carefully planned for young and old. Details for gatherings and fund raising are carefully thought out and taken care of so families can simply come together and share. BTRO was created out of insight, empathy and hard work. The organizational roots are firmly planted. With families becoming more involved and educated, they become active on the board and stronger within the organization. The families are now 'reaching out and are being there' for the new families in that are losing loved ones in the war. This is a very fine organization that has become an extended family and for some the only family that understands.