The Department of Defense’s Military In Lasting Tribute memorial honors and remembers service members who died while serving honorably on active duty from 1985 to the present. It is the only DOD memorial to include peacetime deaths.
Gold Star & Surviving Family Members
Your service member has died, but that doesn't mean you have lost your ties to your military community. As a surviving family member of an active duty service member, you may be eligible for beneficial services that can help you cope, and support you in rebuilding your life and finding your new normal. The Department of Defense provides immediate and long-term assistance to help you with understanding your benefits, connecting you with grief counseling, finding a financial counselor so you may plan your financial future and more. You're not alone.
Whether you are hesitant or ready to move after the death of you loved one, it is helpful to understand the housing options and moving benefits available to survivors – as well as some practical steps to take – that may assist your move when the day comes.
The National Defense Authorization Act 2014, Section 633, requires each secretary of a military department to designate a specific member to assist spouses and other dependents of service members, including Reserve Components, who die on active duty.
Gold star families – spouses, children, parents, siblings or others whose loved one died in service to our nation – are a vital part of the nation’s military community and history.
The death gratuity, which provides a financial bridge for survivors who have lost a loved one in military service, is often misunderstood. This article explains the benefit and its history.