Welcome to the Fort Huachuca Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) website. If you came to this page because you are a surviving family member, please know we are here for you. Survivor Outreach Services is the official Army program designed to provide long-term support to surviving families of fallen Soldiers. This is your program! Conceived of and developed by survivors, this program is continually refined based on survivor feedback and involvement by senior Army leaders.
Regardless of your loved one's Army component, duty status, location, or manner of death, Survivor Outreach Services offers you access to support information and services, closest to where you live, when you need it and for as long as you need it.
Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve and Active Component families are served by the closest Survivor Outreach Services support office (see our services locator link).
We know there are no words or actions that can ever fully solace you in your loss, for there is no greater calling than to serve one's nation with honor and dignity. For us, there is no greater duty than to support the families of those who have died in service to our nation.
Survivor Outreach Services is part of the Army Casualty Continuum of Care. Our goal is to reassure survivors they remain valued members of the Army Family.
The loss of a loved one often results in tremendous grief, which can be overwhelming. When faced with a tragedy, you may be wondering what direction to take. Your SOS Coordinator is your link to finding the resources and ansers that will work best for you. Your Fort Huachuca Support Coordinator is available to meet with you as you journey through this difficult transition by providing direct services as well as information, referrals, and recommendations. He or she can also connect you with support groups, spiritual resources, and bereavement and financial counselors. Your SOS Coordinator can also help you request and obtain copies of documents, navigate local, state and federal agencies, and direct you to additional survivor resources.
gold star family installation access
The Department of Army has developed and is implementing a Gold Star Installation Access Card which is provided to you with the utmost gratitude for your sacrifce and that of your loved one who died in the service of our nation. If you do not have a Department of Defense identification card, the use of this Gold Star Installation Access Card should make it easier to gain entrance to Army installations by eliminating the requirement to obtain a visitor/temporary access badge whenever you come on post.
The Gold Star Intallation Access Card will be issued to family members who are entitled to receive the Gold Star lapel button or the Gold Star Next Of Kin lapel button. Currently the DOD Physical Access Control Policy requires everyone seeking entrance to a military installation to stop at the gate and present a government issued photo identification.
Your Gold Star Installation Access Card will serve as your local access credential in oaccordance with DOD Security Standards. It is intended solely for recognition and access purposes - it does not grant additional entitlements or privileges (such as Post Exchange or Commissary) that you are not already authorized. The card also cannot be used for the Trusted Traveler Program. The Gold Star Installation Access Card is for use on Army installations and may not be accepted at Navy, Marine or Air Force bases. The Department of Defense uses Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs) to identify and recommend preventative actions and responses to threats against personnel and facilities. For your safety, if the FPCON is elevated to a higher threat level for any reason, you will not be allowed onto the installation.
You installation access card is valid for two years from the date of issue. Upon expiration, you may reapply for the installation access card by completing a new application and background check. You will need to call and schedule an appointment with the Survivor Outreach Services staff to come in and complete the application process, which also includes a background check. Once this is completed, the card will be issued. You will need to bring a valid driver's license or state identification (with photo).