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Survivor Support Organizations

Pearl Harbor Survivor Salutes Fallen Comrades
Sterling R. Cale, treasurer, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Unit 1, salutes his fallen comrades at the USS Arizona Memorial.

In times of tragedy and personal need there are several organizations available to provide aid and support. The following section will help you to find the support you need in difficult times.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

TAPS is an organization that is dedicated to supporting anyone and everyone who has ever been affected by a service member's death that occurred on active duty. TAPS provides, at no cost to the survivor, a national peer support network, grief-counseling referral service, crisis intervention (24 hours a day) and case worker assistance. You may call 1-800-368-TAPS (8277) to speak with a TAPS counselor. They also publish a quarterly newsletter.

Contact:
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
910 17th Street, NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 800-959-TAPS (8277)
Website: http://www.taps.org/

The Society of Military Widows

The Society of Military Widows gives moral support, advice, referral service and, in general, help to widows of career military members to return to the mainstream of normal living. It also educates the American public concerning the problems and needs of military widows in today's society.

Website: http://www.militarywidows.org/home.aspx

Veterans' Widows International Network, Inc.

The Veterans' Widows International Network informs veterans’ Survivors of benefits for which they might qualify; assists in gathering documents needed to substantiate and submit claims; point them to where they will receive best service; and keeps them abreast of legislative changes 

Contact:
3657 E. South Laredo St
Aurora, CO 80013
Phone: 303-693-4745
Website: http://vetsurvivors.com/

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross assists family members of deceased Sailors in applying for federal and state benefits. They provide information on other resources, counseling relative to problems arising from the death and planning to meet financial needs. Local chapters of the American Red Cross serve every community in the United States.

Website: http://www.redcross.org/

Gold Star Wives of America

Gold Star Wives of America (GSW) is an organization of and for survivors of servicemembers who died on active-duty or who's death was related to service-connected disabilities.  GSW represents survivors interest before Congress, because survivor benefits are different from servicemembers,  veterans and families.  

Contact:  
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 361986
Birmingham, Al
35236-1986
Phone: 888-751-6350
E-mail: info@goldstarwives.org
Website: www.goldstarwives.org

Gold Star Awareness, Inc.

The primary purpose of Gold Star Awareness is to provide emotional, peer, and resource support to Gold Star families who have suffered the death of a loved one who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, and inform the military and public of the significance of the Gold Star Lapel Button and the families who wear it.  

Contact:  
Gold Star Awareness, Inc.
711 Satinleaf Avenue
Oldsmar, FL
34677
Phone: 813-891-6410
E-mail: am.goldstar@gmail.com
Website: www.goldstarawareness.com.

Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund

Provides emotional, educational and financial assistance to families affected by a loss or severe disability and those who fall through the cracks or lie within the "gray area", such as rising stateside deaths of our military personnel. These families fall outside the government agencies and other charitable organization's guidelines.

Contact:
P.O. Box 1099
Temple Hills, MD
20757
Phone: 301-685-3421, Toll Free 866-96-CFSRF
Website: http://www.cfsrf.org

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