Indiana National Guard Survivor Services
The Indiana National Guard Survivor Outreach Services Team sends condolences to all Families and Servicemembers affected by the terrible loss our great State and Nation have suffered with the recent deaths in Afhganistan.
We realize tragedies like these stand as a reminder of the pain your families have suffered. As Survivor Families, we know that you know all too well what these families are facing and will endure in the years to come.
It is our sincere hope that you will reach out to us or your fellow Survivor Families as we all mourn the loss of these true fallen heroes.
Know that you are not alone, and that all of our brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice "WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN" by SOS, and a grateful State and Nation.
Please do not hesitate to contact Survivor Outreach Services if we can be of assistance in any way. We encourage you to share our contact information with other Survivor Families that you come into contact with. We are here for all of you.
"SOS...NEVER FORGOTTEN, NEVER ALONE"
Survivor Services Coordinator Contact Information
Office: 317-247-3300 ext. 85457
Toll Free: 1-800-237-2850 ext. 85457
"...We remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, our Wounded Warriors, our Gold Star Families, and all of our loved ones who have been touched by the horror of war. Their sacrifices have given meaning to our values and ideals. For that, we thank them. A grateful Nation will always rembember, respect and appreciate these heroes as the Next Greatest Generation..."
To read more of the letters to Gold Star Families from Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, General Raymond T. Odierno, and Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, click here.
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)
The SOS program will expand and improve services to Survivors, improve responsiveness and streamline the assistance process for Families.
SOS demonstrates the Army's commitment to Families of the Fallen. SOS is a holistic and multi-agency approach to delivering services to Survivors by providing services at the garrisons and communities closest to where Survivor Families live.
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Photo courtesy of www.pbs.org. Original oil portrait of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt by Douglas Chandor, 1949, White House Historical Association
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 meets its mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources.
"Remember the love. Celebrate the Life. Share the Journey." This is the TAPS motto.
The TAPS organization was founded 1994 by Bonnie Carroll, following the death of her husband, Brigadier General Tom Carroll, in an Army C-12 plane crash in 1992. Now she helps others with their bereavement process.
To date, TAPS has assisted over 25,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers.
National Military Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps have been conducted for fourteen years, and are now complemented by regional seminars across the country.
The first TAPS weekend retreat in Indiana was held in August of 2008, sponsored by the Indiana National Guard Family Programs office.
Last updated April 9, 2013