Gold Star families find support

| April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Duke Scobie asks his sister, Drew, to point at the photo of their father (top left corner) inside the Na Koa Pu’uhonua Warrior Transition Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on April 5, 2016. Sgt. Drew M. Scobie lost his life in Afghanistan when the reconnaissance aircraft he was aboard crashed Jan. 10, 2014.  His daughter was named after him his honor. The Drew family was one of the many family members celebrating their fallen family members on Gold Star Spouses Day. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Duke Scobie asks his sister, Drew, to point at the photo of their father (top left corner) inside the Na Koa Pu’uhonua Warrior Transition Center, Tuesday. Sgt. Drew M. Scobie lost his life in Afghanistan when the reconnaissance aircraft he was aboard crashed Jan. 10, 2014. His daughter was named after him his honor. The Drew family was one of the many family members celebrating their fallen family members on Gold Star Spouses Day. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The spouses of fallen Soldiers shared their stories with friends and family during the installation’s inaugural Gold Star Spouses Day Dinner Ceremony held at the Survivor Outreach Services Center, April 5.

“Our fallen heroes answered our country’s call, sacrificing all they had, and all that they would ever know,” said Leonard Housley, deputy garrison commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, who addressed the gathered spouses. “You know the immeasurable cost of freedom. You also know the pride that comes from their exemplary service to America.  Please know that you exemplify that same mark of selflessness and patriotism that has sustained our country and will sustain us through trials to come.”

Gold Star Spouses Day is an annual observance recognized by the U.S. Congress to salute the survivors of the fallen. The SOS Center provides assistance in counseling and other services for families in the initial difficult times and beyond.

Misti French, a Gold Star spouse, spoke about her experiences after her husband died eight years ago in a line of duty accident. She discussed the evolution of services from working with a causality assistance liaison to a team of advocates at SOS.

“We struggle and we overcome, but when we do so with others who share our journey,” she said. “We remember always and that journey is made infinitely better. That is what our Gold Star ohana and Survivor Outreach Services has done for us, shared our journey and made it more bearable and moved into the realm of possibilities of ‘happy.’”

Reaching out for help

The Survivor Outreach Services Center offers a support network and additional help for families who have lost a service member. Their office is located on the first floor of building 663 at 371 Brannon Road aboard Schofield Barracks. They are open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The center’s phone number is 655-7171.

For more information, see their website at www.himwr.com/survivor-outreach-services.

 

Tags: , , , ,

Category: News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *