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We can help you cope with your loss and help you understand and apply for benefits and entitlements.

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  • Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil 485-8188

    Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)

    Basil A. Forrest

    SOS Coordinator

    USAG Baumholder ACS

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • What Is Survivor Outreach

    Services? Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Many times after a loved one is lost, there are unresolved issues or questions that surface months or years later. The

    Army, in its dedication to providing support services to its

    Surviving Families, created Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)

    SOS connects Survivors with local support services that include but are not limited to grief counseling, financial

    counseling, benefits coordination, support groups, & Garrison

    and surrounding area events

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Embrace Survivors and give them reassurance that they are connected to the Army Familyfor as long as they desire.

    SOS Mission

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Survivor Outreach Services

    EligibilityBuilding a Better Tomorrow.Today

    All active duty and retired military personnel & their Family members, if otherwise eligible for services

    Surviving Family members of military personnel who died while on active duty, if otherwise eligible for services

    Surviving Army civilian appropriated fund (APF) & non-appropriated fund (NAF) Family members, if otherwise eligible for

    services

    Family members of prisoners of war or personnel missingin action, if otherwise eligible for services

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • SOS Program Phased Strategy

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Short Term Assistance (Immediate)

    Provided by the Casualty Assistance Centers (CACs) through the Casualty Assistance Officers (CAOs)

    Long Term Assistance (Enduring)

    Provided through Long Term Family Case Management. Depending on the needs of the Survivor, Families are provided with assistance

    pertaining to reports, benefits & other services

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • SOS Program Flow Chart

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Casualty Occurs

    Casualty Notification Officer (Immediate)

    Primary Next of Kin (PNOK) is notified

    Casualty Assistance Officer (Immediate)

    Survivor Outreach Coordinator (Enduring)

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Spouse

    Children

    Parents

    Persons in Loco Parentis

    Siblings

    Survivors Defined

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Types Of Support (1 of 4)

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Benefits Coordinators

    Financial Counselors

    SOS Coordinators

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Types Of Support (2 of 4)

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Benefits Coordinators

    Provide expertise on local, state & Federal benefits

    Work with Casualty Assistance Officers, providing the Surviving Family with assistance to understand & apply for their benefits

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Types Of Support (3 of 4)

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Financial Counselors

    Provide assistance to Surviving Families through investment & estateplanning education

    Works closely with Benefits Coordinators, Army Long Term Family CaseManagement, & legal assistance to address the needs of Surviving

    Families

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Types Of Support (4 of 4)

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Support Coordinators

    Function as the long term support personnel for Survivors

    Facilitate support groups, provide life skills education, and connect Survivors with counseling resources

    Work closely with Benefits Coordinators, Casualty Assistance Officers, &Army Long Term Family Case Management to ensure Survivors receive

    their necessary services

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Family Readiness Plan (1 of 2)

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Prepared & Accessible Documentation

    Bills

    DD Form 93

    Financial Account Number & Institution Address

    Passports

    Power of Attorneys

    SGLI

    Wills

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Family Readiness Plan (2 of 2)

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Prepared & Accessible Documentation

    Childs Favorite Toys

    Direction to Residence

    Family Members Special Need Requirements

    Medication

    POV Registration

    Schools Attending & POC

    Spoken Language

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Pitfalls of Being Unprepared

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Additional Stress

    Benefits/Entitlements Delayed

    Communication Difficulties

    Educational Challenges

    Financial Accessibility

    Medical Emergencies

    Travel Restriction

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Survivor Outreach Services website: Provides links & information about all aspects of the Army, Guard & Reserve. Information about Survivor

    Outreach Services, Mission & contact information. Has resource column for

    related readings pertaining to grief & survival after a loved one has

    passed.

    Army Long Term Family Case Management (ALTFCM):Provides long term support for Survivors of Fallen Warriors, counseling,

    records information, & other services to assist the Survivors throughout their

    involvement with ALTFCM. www.altfcm.army.mil

    My Army Benefits: Benefits that Survivors may receive after the death oftheir Soldier. Has a benefits calculator to figure current & future benefits as

    well as link to Survivor Information.

    Helpful SOS Websites (1 of 2)

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    www.myarmybenefits.us.army.mil

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

    www.myarmyonesource.com/familyprogramsandservices

  • 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 www.taps.org

    Snowball Express: This website is for children of Fallen Soldiers.

    Provides weekend/express getaways for family & children to express

    grief and work through their healing with other children who have

    similar experiences. Non-profit organization which may fund one round

    trip for children of the Fallen to a snowball express experience

    www.snowballexpress.org

    Helpful SOS Websites (2 of 2)

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • SOS Coordinator

    Basil A. Forrest 485-8188 or 06783-6-8188

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil

    Financial Counselor

    Mary S. Johnston @ 485-8188 or 06783-6-8188

    Mary.S.Johnston@eur.army.mil

    Benefits Coordinator

    Jodi Motszko@ 379-8610 or 06202-80-8610

    Jodi.Motszko@eur.army.mil

    Contact Information

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

  • Questions?

    Questions

    Building a Better Tomorrow.Today

    Basil.A.Forrest@eur.army.mil DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188