Survivor Services Day aims to inform Families
May 24, 2012
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 24) -- Survivors of fallen Soldiers in the local community are invited to attend Fort Belvoir's second annual Survivor Services Day June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Army Community Service Survivor Outreach Service's office hosts the event to pay tribute to survivor Families, and also inform them of services available to them.
"The event is to honor and thank our survivor Families for their service and sacrifices," said Maria Rodriguez, Belvoir SOS Support Coordinator. "It's a day to service them, bottom line."
More than 30 exhibitors and a guest speaker are scheduled for the event. The exhibitors include Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Defense Commissary Agency, ACS, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and Blue Star Wives.
The guest speaker is Debra Walker, director, Office of Survivors Assistance, Department of Veterans Affairs, who will address the crowd at 10 a.m. for approximately 30 minutes. Walker will discuss the mission of the Office of Survivors Assistance and the help options available to survivors Families.
"I will briefly discuss what our office does, but we like to have a conversation with the survivors," said Walker. "We like to know what's on their minds. We need to hear from them in order to improve things on our end. It can be something as simple as adding information to our website."
Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. with the exhibitors tables open from 1 to 3 p.m.
Grief counselors at the event will inform survivors about how they can aid in the grief process and schedule future appointments for them.
Rodriguez said last year's turnout was fantastic, but she hopes more people attend this year. Increasing the amount of survivors that come is important to Rodriguez since there are many survivors in the Military District of Washington that she doesn't know about.
"We want to connect with them," Rodriguez said. "The event is open to the Belvoir community, the retiree and veteran community, too."
Survivors anywhere in the Military District of Washington are eligible to attend the event and they do not need to pre-register, unless they require child care.
Pre-registration for child care must be done no later than today.
To pre-register for child care, or for additional information on the event, contact Maria Rodriguez at (703) 805-5487 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.