Navigating the Road to Secure Your Family’s Future was created by the Army Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) program to help educate and provide Army Families with tools to plan for the future. Talking about the possibility of facing the loss of a family member is one of the most difficult conversations a family can have, but estate planning can help to relieve families of some of the burden if a tragedy occurs. This interactive guide is an opportunity to learn a little more about the various estate planning documents in the military, the benefits and entitlements that a family may receive and how all the pieces fit together. While we hope that our Families never face the loss of their Soldier, it is our goal to help ease a little of the worry about finances and insurance if a loss does occur.June 15, 2021
Who We Are
Welcome to the Army 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. SOS 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.
SOS is a “one” Army program. Regardless of your loved one’s Army component, duty status, location, or manner of death, SOS Coordinators and Financial Counselors are here to provide dedicated outreach and support.
We are here for you. Army National Guard, US Army Reserve and Active Component Families are served by SOS offices located across the country.
We know that there are no words or actions that can ever fully solace you in your loss, for there is no greater calling than to serve ones’ 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.
How to find my SOS Coordinator
The Army has a network of SOS Coordinators at locations across the United States. Please use our SOS Staff Locator to find the SOS Coordinator that supports the area you live. Contact phone numbers are listed by state and county, or by country.
If you cannot find your SOS Coordinator or need further assistance please contact the Army Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representative (GSSFMR):
Email: SOS Survivor Advocate
How to receive Army SOS Information?
(Current as of 24 May 2021)
The Survivor Link – Inaugural Issue May 2021: The Survivor Link is the Army Survivor Outreach Services Newsletter. This newsletter is published on a quarterly basis to provide information about benefits changes, program updates, opportunities to connect with other survivors and to stay linked to the Army. Army Survivors can subscribe to The Survivor Link at any time. To subscribe just follow the link in this newsletter. You can choose to have the Survivor Link delivered to your email address or as a text message to your cell phone. Subscribe at: https://dcsg9.army.mil/safr/sos/sos-form.htmlMay 24, 2021
SBP-DIC Offset Phased Elimination News: Are you a military surviving spouse with SBP and DIC? Watch for your individual letter from DFAS with estimates of how the first phase of the SBP-DIC Offset Phased Elimination (effective January 1, 2020) will affect your SBP pay. Letters will be mailed in early December 2020.
Spouse SBP annuitants who are subject to the offset may see the first change in the SBP annuity payment they receive on February 1, 2021. Check out the FAQsNovember 30, 2020