Military Survivor Support 

6/29/2011 12:00 AM 

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.

American Widow Project
The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter.

America's Mighty Warriors
This organization's mission is to honor, thank, support, and encourage the troops and their families. Through donations, America's Mighty Warriors makes Gift Baskets which are disrtributed to family members within a week of the notification of loss of their Servemember. Donations also go to Printing Services, Ad-Specialty Items, and Office Solutions.

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.

Casualty Affairs & Survivor Assistance
The Deputy Chief of Staff of Army G1 has provided a link with a list of resources regarding benefits and survivor assistance for military families.

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.

        The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)
        The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is open to all uniformed service members that are disabled veterans of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The bootcamp consists of training courses for entrepreneurship and small business ownership. Applications must be submitted for acceptance into the program.

        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.

          Bugles Across America
          Bugles Across America volunteers are available to play Taps at military funerals.

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

          National Cemetery Administration
          Includes information on burial and memorial benefits and eligibility for military funeral honors.

          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.

          Operation Family Fund
          Provides financial grants for those injured or killed and their families as a part of the Global War on Terrorism, whether domestic or abroad, military or civilian. Assistance is available for food, mortgage/rent, utilities, emergency transportation, vehicle repair, funeral, legal, medical/dental expenses and more.

          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.

          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.

          Soaring Spirit Loss Foundation
          SSLF is an inclusive, non-denominational organization focused on hope and healing through the grieving process. SSLF has four Internet based programs, as well as a large resource database addressing various types of loss. SSLF also offers an annual gathering of widowed people from around the world.

          Survivor Outreach Services
          The Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) provides assistance and support to the Families of Fallen Soldiers and the Families of veterans who die from a service connected disability. Services include casualty assistance, benefits coordination, financial counseling, and memorial affairs coordination.

          Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
          TAPS provides comfort and care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources.

          Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE)
          WIFE is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial education to women.
          The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the organizations listed nor the information about services provided on their websites.