U.S. Army North hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) facility on Ft. Sam Houston. The new facility
will serve 499 Survivors of fallen servicemembers in South Central Texas,
including 38 surrounding counties. SOS provides helps to facilitate programs
and services to surviving Family Members (spouse, children, parents, persons
in loco parentis, siblings) who have lost a Soldier by ensuring they have
access to all entitled benefits, helping them foster resiliency, connecting
them to multi-agencies and non-profit organizations, and keeping them
connected with the Army.
Ms. Debbie Agnew, a Gold Star Mom, gave remarks. Following the ceremony, the
U.S. Army Soldier Show performed in their honor. LTG Mike Ferriter, commanding
general of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, hosted the show and
a reception for the Survivors afterward.
The Ft. Sam Houston SOS partners with the Blue Star Mothers of San Antonio
Chapter 4 to co-host quarterly Gold Star Service Flag Ceremonies. SOS also
holds outreach events like Family Fun Day, an event recognizing Gold Star
Mothers and Families Day and other Installation events such as Fort Sam
Houston National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony and Wreaths across America.
SOS also recognizes Gold Star Mother's day, held the last Sunday every
September. For nearly a century dating back to World War I, military families
have held the tradition to display the service flag bearing a blue star for
each Soldier serving in the military. The blue star is covered with a gold
star representing the Soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
Many Survivors wear the Gold Star pin to remember and honor their Fallen. Available in high definition.
|Date Posted:||09.30.2012 21:39|
|Location:||FT SAM HOUSTON, TX, US|
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