The Final Move - Essentials

It can be heart-wrenching 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 the housing options and moving benefits available to survivors -- as well as some practical steps to take -- that may assist your move when that day comes.

Decide where to move.

In deciding where to build your new nest, you may want to consider these three things: the best location to find support (near family and friends or near a military installation); relocating for a job, which can give some survivors a new sense of purpose; and the affordability of a location and the ability to live comfortably with your survivor benefits.

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Understand housing and allowances.

If you are living in government housing as an authorized dependent, you are eligible to continue living in government housing for a year from the date of your loved one’s death. If you are not living in government housing, you will be provided a lump-sum payment of 365 days basic allowance for housing at the current rate for your loved one’s pay grade. You are also authorized one relocation move at government expense that must be completed within three years of the death of your loved one. Learn more.

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Organize the steps to make your final move.

Survivors are often overwhelmed in the days following the death of a loved one. It can be difficult to remember all the details involved in a move. Use this simple checklist to plan your move: make an appointment with the transportation office; take inventory of your belongings; file claims for your travel and for lost or damaged belongings; connect with your Military and Family Support Center for assistance. Learn more.

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Access resources.

Be sure to take advantage of all the resources at your fingertips as you plan your last move. Find relocation assistance through MilitaryINSTALLATIONS. Learn about financial assistance with the Personal Financial Management Program. Turn to Military OneSource for resources and support, including financial counseling, moving assistance, information about survivor benefits and much more.

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