Fort Bliss offers grieving families support services


POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6:13pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:49pm

Five Fort Bliss soldiers killed in action on Saturday in Afghanistan have left behind families and friends. Now the work begins to help their loved ones back at home. The Army is also extending their arms to those who are grieving from the loss.

1st Lt. Brandon J. Landrum, Staff Sgt. Francis Gene Phillips IV, Spc. Kevin Cardoza, Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott, Spc. Thomas Paige Murach died after a roadside bomb exploded, Fort Bliss officials have said.

All five died serving our country, and all five left loved ones behind. Bonnie Smith is a Family Readiness Coordinator for Fort Bliss. In her job she helps grieving families get through tough times. And even though she hasn't dealt directly with any of the families that have been touched by this recent loss.

"I'm a wife, I'm a mother of a soldier so I can't imagine. but I know that the military as a whole will take care... of our family," Smith told us. She is connected to them through her compassion.

The Army launches the CARE program to military families who lose one of their soldiers. What they provide are an array of services, "Whether it be child care, maybe just meal on wheels or anything that they would need or asked for until their family can get here and be with them," Smith explained.

Even if a grieving family is not on post. "I know that the Army will take care of them and all their needs will be met. No matter where they're located," Smith told us.

The memorial service for the five soldiers killed in action will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd at 1 PM at the 1st Armor Division Chapel on Fort Bliss.

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