Three Memorial Day Conversation Starters

Memorial Day gives us a unique opportunity to honor service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice while embracing our shared freedoms. Take a few minutes this weekend to start a conversation with your friends and loved ones to make the occasion even more meaningful.

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Hear from a Gold Star Wife

Maggie Duskin is a gold star wife, proud mother to a daughter and two active-duty sons, community advocate and a member of the Duskin and Stephens Foundation’s executive board of directors. This is her family’s story.

Maggie’s husband, Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) Michael Stephen Duskin, served the United States for 19 years in various capacities, with the Army and Florida National Guard. Shortly after September 11, 2001, CW2 Duskin was mobilized to deploy with ODA 361, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne).  After his deployment, he returned to active duty and remained a member of the unit until December 2007.  He deployed four additional times with 2nd Battalion before being selected for various training courses. Upon completion of those courses, CW2 Duskin was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne) as an Assistant Detachment Commander in Alpha Company. He was on his second deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in that position. On October 23, 2012, Michael died of wounds received from small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

To honor her husband’s legacy and sacrifice, Maggie and her family continue to serve others through the Duskin and Stephens Foundation. The Foundation provides direct support to families of fallen operators, healing programs designed to combat the effects of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and loss of a loved one, as well as education grants for the children of fallen soldiers.

Maggie is also rallying Americans to support a Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial on the National Mall.

“I’m continuously shocked to hear how many people don’t know we’re still fighting this Global War on Terror,” said Duskin. “I know a lot of families that have multiple generations that have fought or are currently fighting in the Global War on Terror. America needs to know them. To me, having one central memorial will represent that America has not, and will not, let our soldiers and their families’ sacrifices go unnoticed.”