Military Survivor Benefits

When a Service member dies, their surviving family members may be eligible for a wide range of support from the DoD, VA, their state, and veterans service organizations. Know the help you can count on.

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The military is committed to taking care of families, including survivors. As a surviving family member, you have a range of benefits and services available to help you cope with your loss – both the emotional impact and the financial implications. Your actual benefits will vary depending on a number of factors, but the information shown below is a sampling of what may be available to you.

Key Takeaway: There are two comprehensive resources that can help survivors navigate benefits: Military OneSource is a Department of Defense program that will connect you to survivor support, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is a national nonprofit that provides compassionate care and resources for those grieving the death of a Service member or veteran. For Reserve Component Service members, benefits eligibility rules are complex and may be available only when you are on active duty or Inactive Duty for Training.