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.

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New Memorial Honors Service Members

Listen to this podcast that describes the Military In Lasting Tribute online memorial, which provides survivors with a new way to pay tribute to their loved ones.

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Overview of Casualty Assistance

The Defense Department Casualty Assistance program ensures that military families have support in their time of need, including understanding all benefits and other forms of assistance.

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Death gratuity benefit explained

Military families face no greater challenge than dealing with the loss of a loved one who died while serving their country.

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Funeral and Burial Benefits for Service Members

The military ensures that service members who die on active duty receive recognition and proper burial services, and that their survivors are provided support.

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Employment Resources for Family Members of Deceased Service Members

Joining the workforce after the death or disability of a loved one can ease financial strain and provide a way to find your new normal. When seeking employment with the federal government, military family members may be eligible for special preference programs. While these programs don’t guarantee a job, they provide a qualified candidate entry into the applicant pool.

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Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance

The Defense Department established eligibility requirements and the process for requesting and validating a service member for inclusion on the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance.


Installation Program Directory

Find programs and services at your local installation.