- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - The oldest surviving structure on the Fort Campbell Army post is now being used to help a different kind of survivor: family members of fallen soldiers.

Fort Campbell dedicated the Parrish House as the Survivor Outreach Services building as part of Military Survivor Appreciation Week.

The structure was built in 1833 and is a plantation-style farmhouse that has been home to all commanding generals of the 101st Airborne Division since 1947.

The Leaf-Chronicle (https://leafne.ws/1BR77QF) reports the house was condemned when the sprawling post along the Kentucky-Tennessee border was constructed, but fate has intervened to save it time and time again.

Suzy Yates of Fort Campbell Survivor Outreach Services says she hopes it will be “a place of new beginnings and of hope” for families who use it.

Yates said the organization has had lots of temporary homes since its inception.

“We’ve moved a bunch of times since SOS started here,” said Yates. “Through it all, we had a vision of what we needed. And now, to see it come together, to watch our surviving children cut the ribbon on this first real home - I couldn’t have asked for more.”

A former commanding general recommended allowing Parrish House to be used for survivors, Yates said.

“When now-Lt. Gen (James C.) McConville was getting ready to leave for Washington, D.C.,” Yates explained, “he knew he would be the last CG (commanding general) to live in this home. He recommended this as the perfect location for SOS.

“He had opened his home to our surviving family members several times, held brunches here, so the families already saw it as a home and a place that connected them to the post. That’s what we were going for. We wanted them to have a place to feel comfortable coming here for any and all services.”

She says the home will be a place where families and children can come together and mourn their loss while working on a plan to move forward with their lives.

“The home has a history,” Yates said, “but as Brig. Gen. Stammer said in his dedication speech, ‘it’s most important mission lies ahead.’”

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