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Gold Star Family Fellowship Program

The Gold Star Family Fellowship Program was established by the House of Representatives to provide employment opportunities for families of our service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to our nation. This program offers a year-long fellowship in a Congressional office for members of Gold Star Families to gain firsthand experience in Congress.

Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-17) is seeking a Gold Star Family Member for a fellowship position in his district office College Station, Texas. The individual selected will assist the Office of Congressman Sessions in handling casework and act as a facilitator between Central Texans and federal, state, and local agencies.

“We are forever indebted to the men and women of our military for their sacrifice and dedication to protecting and promoting democracy, domestic and international,” Congressman Sessions said. “This fellowship program is part of a mission to help Gold Star Families expand their employment possibilities and access services they have earned. My office will always support the family members of our nation's fallen service members, active military, veterans, and families thereof."

Interested Gold Star Family Members should visit, click "Available Fellowships", then search College Station, Texas in the location search bar. 


Qualification Information

Eligible candidates must be a surviving child (including a stepchild), spouse, parent, or sibling of: 

  • A person who dies in the line of duty while serving as a member of the Armed Forces (including the reserve components and the National Guard), regardless of the duty status of the member while serving, unless such death was as a result of the willful misconduct of the member; or 
  • -Family member of a veteran with an Honorable Discharge who died of a service-connected disability (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) during the four-year period beginning on the date of the last discharge or release of the veteran from the Armed Forces. 
  • No waivers will be granted.


  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability to complete projects within timelines and under minimal supervision
  • Ability to work well under pressure and maintain a professional and courteous work disposition
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in handling sensitive information
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • High School Diploma required. Some college-level classes preferred but not require

Additional information:

The successful candidate should have the ability to pay attention to detail, have strong organization skills, can work independently and in a team environment, and have the ability to multitask. Effective verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Knowledge of the legislative process is not required but is a plus.

Specific duties will be discussed during the interview process.


Required Documents

  • Application Documents
  • Resume 
  • DD Form 261 (Report of Investigation) for members who died on active duty; or DD 1300 or DD 2064 accompanied by a Line of Duty Determination 
  • Last DD 214 issued to the veteran
  • Proof of dependency (“page 2”, DD 1172 or equivalent) to the veteran
  • Proof of relationship (obituary, birth certificate, etc…) to the veteran


Please do not contact or submit applications to congressional offices.