Terry and Elisabeth Burgess are the Gold Star Parents of Staff Sgt Bryan A. Burgess who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. They have become active members of the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders, volunteers of SnowBall Express, Team Leaders of Carry The Load Dallas, and have started their own 501(c)3 foundation for Texas Gold Star Parents. SSG Burgess is featured in the live-action film The Hornet’s Nest and they toured extensively in 2013-2014 with the filmmakers to promote the movie.
Terry & Beth Bio:
Terry Burgess is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tarleton State University. Terry and Beth were married in 1993 and they moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1999. They both worked for Bank One and J. P. Morgan Chase as Business Analysts. Terry is the former president of the Chasing Gold Toastmasters Club; an ordained minister; an author and the current Vice President of The Apache Warrior Foundation. Elisabeth is the current Treasurer of The Apache Warrior Foundation. Terry and Beth are also on the board of Stay The Course, an organization that provides support services for Service Members. They are members of The American Legion and the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders. They have created their own 501(c)3 – Gold Star Parents Retreat – in conjunction with The Apache Warrior Foundation to serve Texas Gold Star Parents.
The Burgesses became a Gold Star Family on March 29, 2011 when their son, Army Staff Sergeant Bryan Burgess of the 101st Airborne, was killed during a Taliban Ambush in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. It was Bryan’s third tour. In 2013-2014 Terry and Beth toured the United States with The Hornet’s Nest, a feature film that includes actual footage of Bryan and his final tour of duty.