REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, partnering with the installations Survivor Outreach Services, hosted a summer bash Aug. 4 at the Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation center for the spouses and children of deceased Soldiers.

Volunteers from the command played games with and entertained the children in attendance to provide a reprieve for the widowed spouses. Games included toss the rope and volleyball, and the FMWR's pool was opened for those wanting to swim. Hot dogs and hamburgers were offered, as well as fresh fruit and a number of side dishes.

SOS provides benefits and services to surviving families to ensure that they feel part of the Army Family. These benefits and services will be provided for as long as the family desires, said Kerrie Bransen, Survivor Outreach Services coordinator on Redstone Arsenal.

"I absolutely love how these events build camaraderie among our North Alabama survivors. They are able to identify with each other, and they share in the grief and recovery process," Bransen said. "It also gives us a chance as a community to say, 'I will NEVER forget your Fallen Heroes!'" The survivors want us to remember their service members and to keep their memories alive and honor their service to our country."