Joshua Lloyd Wheeler was a United States Army Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta Master Sergeant who was killed in Iraq during Operation Inherent Resolve.

Patrick Daniel Tillman was a professional American football player in the National Football League who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia, died April 29, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries while conducting security as part of advise and assist support to partnered forces. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Murphy was the leader of a four-man SEAL reconnaissance unit that secretly infiltrated into the Hindu-Kush mountains on June 27, 2005. Ambushed on the 28th by overwhelming Taliban forces, Murphy valiantly climbed into the open onto high ground to make an electronic call for rescue. Wounded, he fought on, allowing one member of his squad to escape, before he himself was killed. Murphy’s remains were found during a combat search and rescue operation, July 4, 2005.

Christopher Scott Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL veteran and sniper. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his neighbor Chad Littlefield took former Marine Eddie Ray Routh to a Texas gun range to help with his PTSD, but for some reason Routh allegedly turned his gun on his two mentors, killing them both.

Curtis Billue served in the military for 11 years and had been an officer with the Georgia Department of Corrections for the past 10 years. SGT Billue and SGT Christopher Monica were shot and killed after being attacked by two inmates in Putnam County, Georgia.

Dear, America -

This May our blog post is not about any particular veteran. While we usually share the journey of one serviceman or woman, during National Military Appreciation Month, we want to show our gratitude for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

World War II was fought by the Greatest Generation, where young men would lie about their age and join the Army at 16, to protect America and keep the evil abroad from spreading to the homeland. Businesses throughout the country would do whatever they could to help make military equipment and bullets. During this era, American families would put up banners and flags outside their windows and homes to indicate that a loved one died while fighting overseas. After that WWII, American patriotism has waned, and you may not have seen many banners throughout the Korean, Vietnam, and the current war on terror (OIF & OEF).

But here at Gold Star Vodka, we strive to show our support of America’s heroes every day in giving back proceeds from our sales to the families of fallen soldiers. As a veteran myself, I've conducted over 1,000 military funerals and folded the American flag for those who swore to protect it. It brings a drive to Gold Star Vodka that cannot be matched. We do this to honor them every day.

This month is for them. Cheers from the entire Gold Star Vodka Team!

Co-Founder, Edgar Gonzalez


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