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 Defense Department and other agencies are committed to connecting survivors with resources to relieve financial stress and provide information to assist them in their decision-making.
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.
The Gold Star Lapel Button Program has expanded to include stepsiblings among survivors eligible for the honor of receiving and wearing a pin recognizing the loss of their service member.
You were part of the military family when you supported your service member in his or her mission. And you’re part of the family now…and forever. That’s why the services have designed programs especially for survivors – tools and services to help you cope, make informed decisions, grieve in healthy ways and begin to envision a life with new opportunities.
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.
The military ensures that service members who die on active duty receive recognition and proper burial services, and that their survivors are provided support.
On the last Monday in May, our nation honors the selfless heroes who gave their lives to defend the land we love and the freedoms we believe everyone deserves.
After the death of a loved one, the last thing you want to think about is taxes. However, the government may entitle your loved one to tax forgiveness. Learn more about tax forgiveness.
While nothing can take away your pain after the death of a loved one, having your financial and legal affairs in order can provide some peace of mind during this difficult time.
Grief is a natural response when a loved one dies. How you grieve depends on your personality, your life experiences, the nature of your loss and your coping style.
Your casualty assistance officer, or CAO, or mortuary officer is there to assist you with making funeral and burial arrangements in honor of your loved one’s service and sacrifice.
After the death of a loved one, you may experience a wide range of emotions. That is natural. Finding your new normal after the death of a loved one is not the same for everyone.
The stripes and bars on a military uniform signify rank. If you’re new to the military, you know enough to understand that rank matters.