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Tax Extensions for Survivors

If you’re a survivor of a service member who has died on active duty, you may have the option of taking extra time to file your tax return.

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What is the Survivor Benefit Plan?

The Survivor Benefit Plan allows retiring service members to allocate a portion of their retirement pay to a spouse or other eligible beneficiaries upon their death.

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Online Survivor Benefits Report

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

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Tools and Tips for Navigating the Holidays as a Survivor

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for survivors, but there are things you can do and resources available to help you manage your grief and rediscover your joy for the season.

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Accessing Your Online Survivor Benefits Reports

Survivors can access their interactive Online Survivor Benefits Report through an updated process using a linked email address.

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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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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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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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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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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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What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning ensures that you have your affairs in order for your loved ones in the event of your death and makes sure they are cared for according to your wishes.

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Veterans Affairs Benefits Available After Deployment

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a variety of benefits for veterans, dependents and survivors based on active military service. For National Guard members, that means being federally activated to serve, and being discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

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State Consultants Offer Local Support

Need to connect with financial, health, employment or other services in your local community? Military OneSource’s state consultants bring help directly to you, offering outreach services to support members of the military community when and where they need it most.

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Bereavement Camps: A Place to Grieve and Heal

Bereavement camps, seminars and retreats offer opportunities for you to connect with people who understand how to help you with your grief journey.

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Veterans Affairs Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Members

Guard and reserve members are entitled to benefits and services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, just like their active-duty counterparts. The VA can help Guard and reserve members cover the cost of school, secure a home loan or acquire life insurance.

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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.