NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

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

Upcoming SOS Events

None at this time. Check back soon!

Upcoming Related (Non-SOS Sponsored) Events

TMF Survivor Summit Expedition

WHEN: July 21-28

WHERE: Colorado's Rocky Mountains

DESCRIPTION: Apply for a once-in-a-lifetime expedition focused on healing, inspiration and connection through Colorado’s amazing Rocky Mountains with fellow female survivors of fallen service members.

Download Event Flyer

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
Name: Raul Lopez
Phone: 845-938-5654

Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union Counties
Name: Christopher Peffley
Phone: 609-324-7015
Cell: 609-851-2257
Email: christopher.l.peffley.ctr@mail.mil

Sussex, and Warren Counties
Name: Linda Kerr
Phone: 570-615-6682
Cell: 570-234-4666
Email: linda.m.kerr.civ@mail.mil

Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties
Name: Rhani Ellis
Phone: 609-562-3797
Email: rhani.ellis.civ@mail.mil

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties
Name: Julie Kennedy
Phone: 609-562-7892
Email: julianne.r.kennedy.ctr@mail.mil


1048 Route 206 South
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Phone: 609-298-1196

Who is my Gold Star Advocate?

Mr. Jackie McFadden
Phone: 210-466-1173

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