Survivor Support Organizations

(Photo: U.S. Army/Sgt. James K. McCann)
(Photo: U.S. Army/Sgt. James K. McCann)

In times of tragedy and personal need there are many organizations available to provide aid and support. The following are just a few of the ones that can help you find the support you need in difficult times.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

TAPS in a Washington, D.C. based organization 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.

American Gold Star Mothers

The American Gold Star Mothers serves and supports the mothers of fallen U.S. troops through support groups, their annual convention and volunteering together. The organization helps mothers keep alive the memory of their fallen son or daughter.

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 about the problems and needs of military widows in today's society

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross assists family members of deceased troops 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.

Gold Star Wives of America

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

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.

Folds of Honor

Through scholarships for the children of fallen and disabled troops and Gold Star spouses, Folds of Honor helps support the families left behind.

Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund

The 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.

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