American Gold Star Mothers change rules to allow two local moms to join

Members of the American Gold Star Mothers, an organization for women who have lost children in military conflicts, voted Monday to allow non-citizens to join after denying a Yonkers woman a month ago. The debate began when Ligaya Lagman, a citizen of the Philippines, was denied membership. Her son, Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman, was killed in Afghanistan last year. The group's bylaws were created in 1929 and many felt they should be amended. Politicians urged the group to change its rules and some of the organization's past members supported the change.Another Westchester mother, Carmen Palmer of Mount Vernon, was also denied membership. The Jamaican National's son, Bernard Gooden, was one of the first casualties in Iraq. Related Article: Yonkers congresswoman urges national organization to change its policy

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