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Krista Simpson Anderson

Gold Star Fellow
Krista Simpson Anderson

Krista Simpson Anderson is proud to serve as the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation’s Gold Star Fellow. In this role she has the privilege of educating present and future generations on the impact the Global War on Terrorism has had on our community, our nation, and our Gold Star families.

Krista is herself a Gold Star family member. Her late husband, U.S. Army SSG Michael Harrison Simpson, passed away on May 1, 2013 from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan while serving with the Army 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). Their boys were one and three years old when Mike passed away and the support from the military community was nothing short of extraordinary.

To give back to the military community, Krista co-founded The Unquiet Professional, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our nation’s grieving, wounded, and active-duty military families. Krista currently serves on advisory boards for Newrez Home Loans and USAA. She has also participated in working groups with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Army addressing casualty reform. Krista continues to consult on casualty cases to ensure families understand the resources that are available to them.

Due to Krista’s dedicated service to the military community, she was recognized as the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year, overall Military Spouse of the Year, and the 2019 Green Beret Foundation Keeper of the Brave. She has also earned the Department of the Army Superior Public Service Medal.

Krista’s family legacy of service has inspired her own commitment. Her father, John D’Orazio, served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and her grandfather fought in World War II. Krista’s husband, Gus Anderson, is a retired Green Beret who served 22 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Michael’s father, brothers, grandfathers and grandmother (as a WASP) have also worn the uniform and served in various conflicts.

A Massachusetts native, Krista earned her BA from Catholic University of America. She currently resides in Virginia with Gus and their two boys.