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When Our Blue Star Turned Gold

By Terry A. Burgess

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This is a story of pain, loss, and hope. Staff Sergeant Bryan Burgess was killed in action on foreign soil only three weeks before he was to return home. In an instant the family’s world was forever changed. Just as yours would be.

When our Blue Star Turned Gold takes the reader from the early morning hours of Bryan’s final and fatal battle to the ongoing journey of the Burgess family. Grief wrestles with honor as the family tries to make sense of a haunting premonition of Bryan’s death and struggles to memorialize his sacrifice.

This book tells how Bryan’s family adapted to a life of grief, and turned it into a way to honor a life lost. Read about the horrors of war and how those horrors follow our sons and daughters for the rest of their lives.

The family has encountered amazing people and learned stories of their son’s heroism ever since that pivotal day. They have learned the weight of war and loss.

The author endeavors to lighten the load of grief for others by sharing their son’s story with soldiers, veterans, and organizations. Their story reveals the core of sacrifice and honor.



Terry Burgess is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tarleton State University. He is the former president of the Chasing Gold Toastmasters Club, an ordained minister, an author of five fiction novels, and the current Vice President of Gold Star Family Relations for the Apache Warrior Foundation. Terry and his wife, Elisabeth, created a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Gold Star Parents Retreat, which provides a cost-free weekend retreat to any Gold Star parent.


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