SOS Picnic, Fort Meade, 17 Jul

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the Survivor Outreach Service Picnic on 17 July at Fort Meade.  This is a picnic for Gold Star Families and is part of the Army commitment to all survivors of their Fallen Heroes.

We will be manning the grill, burning burgers and dogs, talking with the families and showing off some shiny chrome to the kids.  Yup, time to wash the bike!

Since this will be on a military installation, DOD installation rules apply for required gear (long sleeves, reflective vest, full fingered gloves and boots).  We also must have Riders sign up in advance in order to facilitate entry to the installation.  Even if you have a CAC and routine access to the base, we need you to respond via email to ensure we have a good count.  Your email should include your name, make of vehicle and license plate (state & num).  Please send emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ride Captain:  Brian Parnes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rally Point:  KFC @ 1682 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113-1002 (Map)

Rally Time: 1000 hrs - 1020 hrs  (watch this time for possible changes!)

We will make the short trip to the Fort Meade Visitor Gate and then on to the picnic grounds to help out.  This will be a fairly short ride and safely mounted large bike flags can be used.  This is one of our happy events so if you have some extra time for us on the 17th, please come out and pitch in.

More about the SOS program:

Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is an Army-wide program designed to provide dedicated and comprehensive support to survivors of deceased Soldiers. The program is a joint effort with collaboration from the Installation Management Command (IMCOM), the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC), the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operation Center (CMAOC), the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. SOS standardizes casualty services and policies across the Army and provides additional staffing at Casualty Assistance Centers and Active Component and Reserve Component family Programs. SOS responds to the need for specialized staff at Casualty Assistance Centers (CAC) to help Casualty Assistance Officers (CAO) support survivors, as well as adding additional staff who have the sole mission of providing continuing support to survivors.

SOS is designed to:

• Ensure the Army fulfills its covenant with survivors through sustainment of a comprehensive multi-agency program that improves Soldier and family preparedness in the event of a catastrophic loss

• Maximize cooperative efforts within the Army casualty and family programs

• Extend support to Families both before and after a crisis by maximizing cooperation between government and non-government agencies

• Ensure survivors receive all benefits to which they are entitled

• Encourage our survivors to remain an integral part of the Army family for as long as they desire

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