Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Family Programs Office

Survivor Outreach Services

Mission Statement

To embrace and reassure Survivors that they are continually linked to the Military Family through a unified support program that enables them to remain an important part of the Military for as long as they desire.

The Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) program is an Army-wide program which demonstrates our commitment to Families of the Fallen. SOS is a holistic and multi-agency approach to delivering services to Survivors by providing those services closest to where the Families live.


What does the SOS program do?

Serves Military Surviving Families within the State of New Jersey:

  • National Guard, Reserves, and Active Duty
  • Provides information on the benefits and entitlements available to military Families
  • Ensures access to all entitled benefits for Families
  • Performs as an advocate on behalf of Survivors
  • Provides basic budgeting/financial management resources
  • Provides grief and bereavement counseling resources
  • Provides estate planning resources
  • Functions as long term support for Survivors


Who do I contact at the SOS program?

The Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator you should contact depends on the county you reside in:

Bergen County

Brittney Allen
845-938-5654
brittney.n.allen.civ@mail.mil

Sussex and Warren Counties

Linda Kerr
Phone: 570-615-6682
Cell: 570-972-7615
linda.m.kerr.civ@mail.mil

Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union Counties

Makeda Mitchell
Office: 609-496-9231
Cell: 609-351-1218
makeda.a.mitchell.ctr@mail.mil

New Jersey Military Family Assistance Center
1048 Route 206 South
Bordentown, NJ 08505

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties

Beth Suckiel
JBMDL 99th Readiness Div G1
609-562-7787
beth.t.suckiel.civ@mail.mil

Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties

Wanda James
Phone: 609-562-4245 or 609-562-3797
Fax: 609-562-5148
wanda.c.james4.mil@mail.mil

Carz Craffey (SOS Financial Counselor)
Phone: 609-562-2186
Fax: 609-562-5148
carz.l.craffey.civ@mail.mil

Last Updated: 10/05/2021
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