Survivor Outreach Services

The Army has a commitment to the Families of our Fallen Soldiers. Families deserve our respect, gratitude and the very best we can provide. The purpose of Survival Outreach Service is to deliver on that commitment by providing access to support, information and services that is closest to the location where the Survivor resides.

USAG Bamberg Survivor Outreach Services(SOS)Coordinator
DSN: 469-9037 Civilian: (49) (0)951-300-9037

IMCOM-Europe Survivor Outreach Services(SOS)Coordinator
DSN: 379-6560 Civilian: (49) (0)6221-57 6560

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
TAPS provides ongoing emotional help, hope and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography or circumstance of the death. TAPS provides peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance and grief and trauma resources.

United Warrior Survivors Foundation
Organization exclusively dedicated to the serving the needs of the surviving spouses of Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force Special Operations personnel killed in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. Services provided include, survivor transition assistance, peer-to-peer support, financial planning and emergency financial aid and bereavement counseling.

ArmyOneSource Survivor Outreach Services website
Currently under development; has links to other websites as well as a resource column for related readings pertaining to grief and survival after a loved one has passed.

Army Long Term Family Case Management Website
Many times after you have lost a loved one there are unresolved issues or questions that may surface sometimes months or years after the loss. New issues and questions surface long after the Casualty Assistance Officer has concluded his or her duties. ALTFCM is there to help connect, coordinate, monitor, and support the needs of families of our fallen heroes by providing compassionate advocacy services using available Army and external resources.

Snowball Express This website is for children of Fallen Soldiers. Provides weekend/express getaways for family and children to express grief and work through their healing with other children who have similar experiences.

Benefits

Department of Veteran Affairs

Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) - DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of a military service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) - Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Home Loan Guaranty - The unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who died on active duty or as the result of a service-connected disability is eligible for the home loan benefit.

CHAMPVA - The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.

Social Security Administration

Survivors Benefits - When a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, certain members of the family may be eligible for survivors benefits.

Other Links

TRICARE Dental Program
Civil Service Preference
Commissary and Exchange Privileges
Montgomery GI Bill Death Benefit
Death Gratuity
Military Records and Medals
Burial at Arlington National Cemetery
Internal Revenue Service information