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Gold Star & Surviving Family Members – Benefits

The DOD and other agencies are committed to connecting survivors with resources to relieve financial stress and provide assistance with decision-making around the death of a service member. Learn about some of the most important benefits.

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Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representatives

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.

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Gold Star & Surviving Family Members – Resources

The Department of Defense and other agencies support families of deceased service members by providing them with compassionate services to help them cope with their loss and address all questions and actions related to the casualty. Following are. …
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Honoring Gold Star Families

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.

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Support After Loss – The Essentials

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.

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Stepsiblings Now Included in Gold Star Lapel Button Program

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.

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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.

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Survivor Finances and Legal Affairs – Essentials

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.

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Grief and Loss of a Loved One, The Days Ahead

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.

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Finding Support After the Death of a Loved One

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.

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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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Making Funeral and Final Arrangements

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.

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Online Military Memorial Pays Tribute to Service Members

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.

Casualty Assistance – Legislation

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. These are excerpts from federal law that govern casualty assistance programs in the military.. …
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Accessing Your Online Survivor Benefits Reports

Survivors can access their online survivor benefits reports through an updated process using a linked email address.

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Tax Forgiveness

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.

Benefits and Resources

At Military OneSource, we have one mission – to connect you to your best MilLife. We’re here to help, with information and resources vetted by the Department of Defense. Military OneSource connects you to programs, services and products. …
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The Final Move – The Essentials

It can be overwhelming to think about leaving the home you shared with your deceased service member. Even if you are hesitant about taking this big step right now, it is helpful to know your housing options and available moving benefits — as well as some practical steps to take — that may help you with your move when that day comes.

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Understanding Grief – The Essentials

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. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope and survive the pain and find your new normal as you continue on your life’s journey.

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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.