Support for Families of the Fallen
The USO has supported every dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base since March 1991. USO centers are located in the heart of Dover Air Force Base to support families of the fallen, as well as those troops assigned to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs complex. Additionally, as family notifications occur at all times of the day and night, the USO works 24/7 to coordinate among USO centers across the country to support and comfort families traveling to and from Dover, meeting the myriad needs of families who have just received tragic news. In 2014, the USO was there for more than 600 family members at dignified transfers at Dover last year. The USO’s reach expands beyond Dover, with a vast network of support for our families of the fallen from coast to coast.
The USO also supports the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice through our partnerships with organizations such as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Fisher House, as well as the support received at various USO centers across the United States. The USO and TAPS also provide Survivor Resource Kits to newly bereaved family members. Filled with comfort items, books of support, personal notes and information, these kits provide a warm embrace in the form of a carefully crafted package. Each kit is carefully tailored to the specific family’s circumstance of loss, relationship to the deceased, cause of death and other family needs that are shared with us.
For our nation’s smallest heroes, the USO supports TAPS Good Grief Camps, TAPS Kids Campouts, Adult Retreats and the Annual Suicide Survivor Conference. The camps provide a safe atmosphere for children to connect with others coping with similar feelings, helping them to establish a support system. No matter what the hour or the need, the USO is there for the families of the fallen.