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Mothers of servicemen, women needed to start Blue Star chapter

It takes five mothers to start a Blue Star Mothers chapter, and Rebecca Leatherwood is looking for three more.

While anyone can join the organization, the five special mothers must have a child in any branch of the U.S. military, either active or honorably discharged.

Leatherwood was founder and president of a chapter in Ohio, and recently relocated to Prescott Valley. Her son, Chance Phifer, 24, joined the Army seven years ago. He has decided to make the Army a career. Leatherwood said he has deployed twice, and he now is stateside.

Blue Star Mothers provide general outreach services to military families. It helps support spouses with children, volunteer at veterans hospitals and USO programs, and pack supplies to servicemen and women overseas. The group is the first to provide support to Gold Star Mothers, those who lose a child while in service.

She is anxious to get a chapter started in this area in order to send gift boxes in time for Christmas.

"I'd like to send boxes to at least one unit," she said. "Another opportunity is at the beautiful veterans hospital you have here, to go in and do Christmas functions there and help out."

Anybody can join the Blue Star Mothers, whether they or family members ever served in the military. Leatherwood said she welcomes fathers, grandparents, family members, and retired veterans.

Those interested may call Leatherwood at 602-327-6917. The first meeting takes place at her house in the Prescott Country Club, Dewey, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Please call for directions.

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