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Military Survivor Support

Army Emergency Relief
Army Emergency Relief can provide monetary grants to widows based upon financial need.

Army Families Online
The Army’s Well Being website has a special section entitled “Our Survivors” and includes a column by Joyce, a military widow who shares her experiences and advice with readers.

Armed Forces Services Corporation
AFSC, in partnership with Army Emergency Relief, provides military widows with lifetime support and financial guidance.

America Supports You
America Supports You is a nationwide program launched by the Department of Defense to recognize citizens’ support of the Armed Forces. The site also provides military families with state-by-state information about organizations that can assist military families.

A Survivor’s Guide to Benefits: Taking Care of Our Own
This DoD guide provides an extensive list of resources, including information on survivor benefits, veteran’s affairs, and healthcare as well as information about private organizations that support military survivors.

Comfort Zone Camp
Lynne B. Hughes founded Comfort Zone Camp to help children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The weekend camps are for children ages 7 to 17. The camp is free and travel scholarships may be provided.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)
The DFAS website has extensive information about military pay and benefits. Information about survivor benefits is also available under the link for Retired Pay.

Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA provides a number of services to military survivors.

Gold Star Family Support Center
The Gold Star Family Support Center, located at Fort Hood, Texas, provides care services to all families who have suffered the loss of a Soldier. This includes facilitating support groups, coordinating events, as well as, linking families to community resources and services. The Center will also be available for community training and serves as a resource for the Military Family. The Center can be contacted by email at or by calling 254-288-1668 or 254-553-246.

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
The Gold Star Wives is a congressionally chartered non-profit service organization providing services to military widows and widowers.

Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
Gold Star Mothers provides support to parents who have lost a son or daughter in service to the contry.

Military One Source
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense website designed to offer information and resources for members of the military community. Registration for the site is required. Military OneSource counselors are also available to families who have lost a military member by calling 1-800-342-9647.

Military Funeral Information

    Arlington National Cemetery
    Surviving family members should ask their funeral director to contact Arlington National Cemetery.

    Military Funeral Honors
    Families of eligible veterans may request military funeral honors through their funeral director.

National Society for Military Widows
NSMW is a non-profit organization that serves the interests of women whose husbands died on active duty, of service connected illness, or during disability or regular retirement from the Armed Forces.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS)
TAPS is a national non-profit organization providing support to the surviving families of members of the Armed Services.

TRICARE Survivor Support
Information about healthcare options for survivors of active duty or retired military personnel.

US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operation Center (CMAOC)
CMAOC assists Army families in an emotionally stressful time of bereavement. The CMAOC website serves as an information and assistance point for casualty-affected Army families and for the many dedicated professionals serving to aid surviving Army family members in their time of greatest need. The Casualty Operations Center runs a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-626-3317.

US Army Long Term Family Case Management
Run by the Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center (CMAOC) and formerly known as the Army Families First Casualty Call Center, the LTFCM assists families of fallen Soldiers. The website includes enhanced features with detailed information on survivors’ benefits, Soldier services, reports, and support programs. Finally, the enhanced site features interactive tools to determine whether a family is eligible to apply for the Death Gratuity or retroactive Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) benefits.

The LTFCM team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
Phone: (866) 272-5841
Fax: (703) 325-2074

Save and Invest
Save and Invest, a project of NASD Investor Education Foundation, has extensive financial planning information for military families and resources to help military survivors ensure their financial security.

Social Security Administration
Social security benefits may be available to spouses or children of deceased Servicemembers.

Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE)
WIFE is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial education to women.