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  • Decision Time Nears for Survivor Benefit Offset

    The armed services committees will be deciding whether to continue to ease a sharp loss of survivor benefit payments for certain widows by extending or even bolstering their Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) which is due to expire on Oct. 1, 2017. At the other end of the spectrum of options, this one perhaps requiring a budget miracle ... more

  • Gold Star Lapel Button

    Gold Stars for Gold Star Wives

    If you have a family member who lost their life while in combat you may be entitled to the "Gold Star Lapel Pin ". Public Law 534 - 89th Congress, directs the design and distribution of a lapel button, to the known as the "Gold Star Lapel Pin," to identify widows, parents and next of kin of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who lost their lives: During World War I, April 6, 1917 to March 3, 1921; During World War II... more

  • Survivor Support Organizations

    Pearl Harbor Survivor Salutes Fallen Comrades

    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, ... more

  • Veteran's Death Pension

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    The VA Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans. The following is a summary of the pension: Eligibility Payment Amount The Application Process VA Death Pension Eligibility You may be eligible if: the deceased veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND he or she served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a per... more

  • Survivor Benefits Overview

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    There are several benefits available to surviving family members of deceased veterans. These benefits range from emotional support to free education. There are so many programs it may be confusing to determine which ones you may be eligible for. We have gathered together details of these programs here to make it easy to understand them. Counseling and Assistance Survivor's Resource List Survivor Support Organizations Monetary A... more

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