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These resources include DoD directives, instruction and guidance for casualty-related issues.

DoD Directive 1300.22E, "Mortuary Affairs Policy," May 25, 2011 This reissued Directive establishes the Central Joint Mortuary Affairs Office (CJMAO) for coordinating mortuary affairs policy, procedures, mobilization planning, and recommendations on mortuary services during military operations. It also provides overarching policy guidance to establish tactics, techniques, and procedures for mortuary affairs.

DoD Directive 1332.27, "Survivor Annuity Programs for the Uniformed Services," June 26, 2003, certified as current April 23, 2007 This Directive updates the responsibilities, functions, authorities, and relationships associated with the Survivor Annuity Programs.

DoD Instruction 1300.15, "Military Funeral Support," October 22, 2007 This Instruction assigns responsibilities and establishes uniform policies for military funeral honors support.

DoD Instruction 1300.18, "Department of Defense (DoD) Personnel Casualty Matters, Policies and Procedures," January 8, 2008, Incorporating Change 1, August 14, 2009 This Instruction assigns responsibilities and establishes uniform personnel policies and procedures for reporting, recording, notifying, and assisting the next-of-kin (NOK) whenever DoD casualties are sustained.

DoD Instruction 1332.42, "Survivor Annuity Program Administration," June 23, 2009 This Instruction prescribes procedures for administering the Survivor and Annuity Programs.


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funeral, advocate, gold star, flag, air force The National Defense Authorization Act 2014, Section 633, requires each secretary of a military department to designate a member to assist spouses and other dependents of service members, including Reserve Component, who die on active duty. These advocates are available to provide support and address complaints by spouses and other dependents of deceased service members regarding casualty assistance or receipt of benefits authorized by law.


Casualty Latest - Gold Star lapel pin The Gold Star Lapel Button and the Lapel Button for Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel are symbols of honor bestowed on the family members who survive the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. These pins serve as a visual reminder of the sacrifices service members and their families have made.

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