Never Forgotten Card

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Survivor outreach services at Fort Rucker helps families of fallen soldiers.

June, of this year SOS developed a new way to help families of young men and women who will never be forgotten.

Fredda Jones and her son I'kemeyon Crow love to bowl at Rucker Lanes.

The family is able to use Fort Rucker services, like the bowling alley, at discounted prices because they are "survivors.”

She lost her husband and I'kemeyon and his brothers lost their father in Afghanistan on father's day 2009.

For families like the Jones' Fort Rucker's Never Forgotten Card is there to help.

"What the Never Forgotten Card is for is for our survivors. To let them know that they are still part of the military community. We want them to feel welcome at Fort Rucker,” said Beth Gunter, an Outreach Services Counselor.

“I love the program...it give us more time to have family time at a great rate so I just love it," said Jones.

The Never Forgotten Card is essentially a discount card for survivors.

It’s available to spouses, parents, children and siblings of fallen soldiers.

It helps with many services on post including a 50 percent discount at Rucker Lanes.

“Rucker Lanes has been fantastic, they've also helped with different activities we've had for our survivors,” said Gunter.

Beth Gunter, an army wife herself, says it's an important duty to survivors.

“It’s what our soldiers and our families go through in order for us to have the freedoms that we have. It's very much appreciated and I get the chance to be able to tell them that when I work with them. That's why I like my job,” said Gunter.

There are currently 14 services on post that accept the card.

SOS counselors hope that number will grow.

For more information about the never forgotten card visit the “4 more info tab” on our homepage at WTVY.com.


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