Maria James

Maria James

Maria James is the daughter of the late LTC Leon James. LTC James was severely injured in late September 2005 and passed away two weeks later at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He now rests in Arlington National Cemetery. Since his death, Maria has rededicated her studies and passion to protecting and defending Gold Star families and supporting all military service members. Previously, she was a Freedom Alliance Scholarship Ambassador. Throughout the summer of 2011, Maria had the opportunity to travel and spend time with other Gold Star families and donors of the organization where she could discuss her experiences as an Army brat and how her father's sacrifice has impacted her. Maria is a student of political science and organizational leadership at Purdue University. In her spare time, Maria volunteers with military non-profit organizations, political campaigns, and loves to travel.

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**TO GO WITH STORY SLUGGED MILITARY WIDOWS THE DILEMMA, BY JULIE WATSON AND KEVIN MAURER** Rachelle Vaughn, center, poses with her 18-month-old son Richard next to a picture of her husband, Army Sgt. Richard Vaughn, at their home Tuesday, May 25, 2010 in San Diego. Vaughn, whos husband was killed in Iraq in 2008, said she has felt support from the military  after her loss. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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The Loophole That’s Pickpocketing War Widows
The Survivors Benefits Program / Dependency and Indemnity Compensation offset is a loophole that effectively allows the government to reduce the compensation owed to survivors of service members after their passing.