New Military Support Group Created in WNY

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM EDT

Catherine Chapman of Amherst and Christina Ball of Royalton are two proud mothers. Chapman has two sons serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and Ball's son Jeffrey just completed a tour of duty in Iraq, and is now based at Fort Drum. The mothers have now teamed up to create a new chapter of The Blue Star Mothers of America in the Buffalo Niagara Region. The national non-profit organization consists of mothers who have children serving in any branch of the military and helps support them and their families. Organizers of this new chapter hope to link up with other groups to send care packages, cards, letters, and other items to our servicemen and servicewomen who are serving overseas.

"Its just a boost for them since sometimes their morale is just about zero when they're sent to a country with no family and no friends," said Ball. "I think when they get these little touches from home and knowing another mom cares so much about their safety, their comfort, it means a lot to our troops."

While the group is primarily mothers, anyone is welcome to join including veterans.

"This is my way to show the troops support," said Chapman. "This lets them know we haven't forgotten about them, we appreciate them, and we care."

An informational meeting about the Blue Star Mothers of America will be held July 6th at 7pm at the American Legion Niagara Frontier Post 1041 located at 533 Amherst Street in Buffalo. To get more information visit: