Survivors’ Outreach Services Archive

  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hundreds of Gold Star Family members were honored at the ninth annual Survivors’ Day at the Races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 4. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau joined Kentucky Guardsmen and senior military officials to welcome nearly 900 wives, husbands, daughters, sons and relatives of fallen Service members for a day of fellowship and healing. “It’s important to stay connected to our Gold Star Families. We can never thank them enough for their sacrifices. They are part of us,” said Lengyel. […]

    Gold Star Families honored at 9th Survivors’ Day at the Races

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hundreds of Gold Star Family members were honored at the ninth annual Survivors’ Day at the Races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 4. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau joined Kentucky Guardsmen and senior military officials to welcome nearly 900 wives, husbands, daughters, sons and relatives of fallen Service members for a day of fellowship and healing. “It’s important to stay connected to our Gold Star Families. We can never thank them enough for their sacrifices. They are part of us,” said Lengyel. […]

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  • Story and Photos by 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — Surviving family members of fallen U.S. military service men and women set sail for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Newport. These families, known as Gold Star families, are recognized by Survivors Outreach Services’ (SOS) for their sacrifice and in remembrance of their troops. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Organized by National Guard and Active Duty SOS coordinators, family members from 10 states enjoyed a ride on the Ohio River and a meal […]

    Five Years Stronger – Gold Star Families gather for annual recognition

    Story and Photos by 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — Surviving family members of fallen U.S. military service men and women set sail for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Newport. These families, known as Gold Star families, are recognized by Survivors Outreach Services’ (SOS) for their sacrifice and in remembrance of their troops. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Organized by National Guard and Active Duty SOS coordinators, family members from 10 states enjoyed a ride on the Ohio River and a meal […]

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  • By Olivia Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs NEWPORT, Ky. — For the fourth year in a row, hundreds of surviving family members of fallen U.S. Service members gathered on the banks of the Ohio River for fellowship and healing, June 11. The event sponsored by Northern Kentucky’s B&B Riverboats and organized by Survivors Outreach Services (SOS) is among the largest events of its kind. More than 500 family members from 12 states attended the event which was facilitated by the Kentucky National Guard and regional SOS coordinators. “I have been a Survivor Outreach Coordinator for several years and I’ve never […]

    Riverboat ride honors Gold Star Families

    By Olivia Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs NEWPORT, Ky. — For the fourth year in a row, hundreds of surviving family members of fallen U.S. Service members gathered on the banks of the Ohio River for fellowship and healing, June 11. The event sponsored by Northern Kentucky’s B&B Riverboats and organized by Survivors Outreach Services (SOS) is among the largest events of its kind. More than 500 family members from 12 states attended the event which was facilitated by the Kentucky National Guard and regional SOS coordinators. “I have been a Survivor Outreach Coordinator for several years and I’ve never […]

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  • By Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — The Belle of Cincinnati set sail along the Ohio River in its third year hosting “Gold Star” families. A Gold Star family is a term for anyone that has lost an immediate member in conflict or in support of certain military operations. The term originated during World War I and continues today. More than 600 Surviving family members, friends, and fellow service members of fallen U.S. military service men and women came together for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Newport. As […]

    Survivors Set Sail to Remember

    By Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — The Belle of Cincinnati set sail along the Ohio River in its third year hosting “Gold Star” families. A Gold Star family is a term for anyone that has lost an immediate member in conflict or in support of certain military operations. The term originated during World War I and continues today. More than 600 Surviving family members, friends, and fellow service members of fallen U.S. military service men and women came together for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Newport. As […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and senior military officials joined the families of fallen Service members at Churchill Downs for the sixth annual Survivors Day at the Races Nov. 1 in Louisville. The day was designed to recognize the surviving family members of military service members who have given their lives in defense of our nation since September 11, 2001.  More than 850 family members and guests from Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia attended […]

    Kentucky Guard supports sixth annual Survivors Day at Races

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and senior military officials joined the families of fallen Service members at Churchill Downs for the sixth annual Survivors Day at the Races Nov. 1 in Louisville. The day was designed to recognize the surviving family members of military service members who have given their lives in defense of our nation since September 11, 2001.  More than 850 family members and guests from Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia attended […]

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  • Kentucky hosts survivor outreach event for families of fallen Service members Story by Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — The Belle of Cincinnati hosted 600 Gold Star family members for a cruise along the Ohio River, June 14, in an effort to provide support, assistance and care. For Terri Bernstein, co-owner of B&B Riverboats which operates the Belle, the Ohio River cruise is somewhat of a family reunion. Bernstein is a Gold Star Wife whose husband, Kentucky National Guard Staff Sgt. Nicholas Carnes, died Aug. 26, 2007, in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Battery A, 2nd […]

    Cruising to remember

    Kentucky hosts survivor outreach event for families of fallen Service members Story by Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — The Belle of Cincinnati hosted 600 Gold Star family members for a cruise along the Ohio River, June 14, in an effort to provide support, assistance and care. For Terri Bernstein, co-owner of B&B Riverboats which operates the Belle, the Ohio River cruise is somewhat of a family reunion. Bernstein is a Gold Star Wife whose husband, Kentucky National Guard Staff Sgt. Nicholas Carnes, died Aug. 26, 2007, in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Battery A, 2nd […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the fifth year in a row, Churchill Downs was the setting for the largest event in the Nation honoring surviving family members of fallen military Service members.  More than 800 brothers, sisters, moms and dads of those lost since 9/11 were treated to a day at the races at the storied horse racing track in Louisville, Nov. 2. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry joined Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini in recognizing the family members during an afternoon luncheon in […]

    Humana, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Guard support Survivors’ Day at the Races

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the fifth year in a row, Churchill Downs was the setting for the largest event in the Nation honoring surviving family members of fallen military Service members.  More than 800 brothers, sisters, moms and dads of those lost since 9/11 were treated to a day at the races at the storied horse racing track in Louisville, Nov. 2. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry joined Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini in recognizing the family members during an afternoon luncheon in […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. – More than 400 U.S. Military “Gold Star” family members set sail for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River June 14 in Newport. A “Gold Star” family is one that has lost an immediate member in conflict or in support of certain military operations. The term originated during World War I and continues today. Surviving family members from six states, including Kentucky, enjoyed a riverboat ride provided by B&B Riverboats and a meal courtesy of Gold Star Chili. “I am honored to be able to serve Gold Star […]

    Riverboat ride provides fellowship for families of fallen Service members

    Story by Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. – More than 400 U.S. Military “Gold Star” family members set sail for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River June 14 in Newport. A “Gold Star” family is one that has lost an immediate member in conflict or in support of certain military operations. The term originated during World War I and continues today. Surviving family members from six states, including Kentucky, enjoyed a riverboat ride provided by B&B Riverboats and a meal courtesy of Gold Star Chili. “I am honored to be able to serve Gold Star […]

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  • Story by Spc. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Gen. Frank J Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Kentucky’s Adj. Gen., Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini and other general officers joined more than 600 friends and family members of fallen Service members during the 4th annual Survivor’s Day at the Races Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Annually, Kentucky’s Survivor Outreach Services, gather for the event to honor surviving family members of Service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. […]

    Kentucky, Second Lady honor fallen Service members at survivors event

    Story by Spc. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Gen. Frank J Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Kentucky’s Adj. Gen., Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini and other general officers joined more than 600 friends and family members of fallen Service members during the 4th annual Survivor’s Day at the Races Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Annually, Kentucky’s Survivor Outreach Services, gather for the event to honor surviving family members of Service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. […]

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