Family and Survivor

How to Apply and Application Assistance

Provided below is information and links regarding benefits and services potenitally available to you. We strongly recommend, if you are considering requesting services or submitting an application to the VA, that you contact your County Veterans Service Office. Their Service Officers specialize in assisting veterans and their family members with claims, applications, and appeals to the VA.

Please visit our County Veterans Service Offices web page to obtain your County Veterans Service Office\'s contact information.

Office of Survivors Assistance

The Office of Survivors Assistance was established by Public Law 110-389, Title II, Section 222, in October 2008, to serve as a resource regarding all benefits and services furnished by the Department to Survivors and Dependents of deceased Veterans and members of the Armed Forces. OSA also serves as a principal advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and promotes the use of VA benefits, programs and services to survivors.

For all official documents and information regarding survivors benefits and services please visit the VA Office of Survivors Assistance web page.

Application Forms and Information

Benefits

Services

Funeral Resources

Please visit the VA National Cemetery Administration web page learn more about:

  • Eligibility
  • Burial
  • Burial Flags
  • Military Funeral Honors
  • Heastones, Grave Markers, and Medallions
  • Presidential Memorial Certificates
  • Monetary Benefits or Reimbursement
  • Disinterment

Bereavement Counseling

Bereavement counseling is assistance and support to people with emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one. Bereavement counseling includes a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services to family members.

Please visit the VA Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling) web page to learn more.

Survivor Hiring Preference

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management operates a Veterans Employment Website FedsHireVets.gov. Please visit their Job Seekers - Family Members web page for information and resources.

Outreach

This video will introduce you to some of the many surviving families working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, share their stories and provide information about several of the benefits offered by the VA. It was developed in collaboration with the VA\'s Office of Survivors Assistance, and Office of Strategic Communications, along with the Veterans Health Administration\'s Employees Education Services, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Contact

To contact the Office of Survivors Assistance please call 1-800-827-1000 or visit their Contact Us web page.

Survivor Outreach Services

Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is an Army program where services are provided through each component, Active Duty, National Guard and the Army Reserve, based on assigned counties within designated state and territories. The Army Reserve assigned counties and territories coverage services have been supported through an Army Reserve contract. The Army Reserve has regionalized Family Programs to include the SOS program. The Readiness Divisions (99th, 81st, 88th and 63rd) and the 9th Mission Support Command will provide Survivor Outreach Services utilizing government personnel assigned to each of the seventeen (17) assigned coverage areas starting on 31 August 2019. This includes service to surviving Family members of Active Duty, National Guard Man Day (M-Day), and USAR Troop Program Unit (TPU) Soldiers, and referral support to surviving Family members of veterans and retirees.

Please visit the Army Reserve Family Programs - Survivor Outreach Services web page to learn more.

Family Assistance

Below is a list of links to non VA family and survivor resources.

Child Specific

Snowball Express

On line Tutoring - for Children and Career Assistance

Veteran Children - seeks to assist in the building of an historic bridge between veterans and their children, a bridge of stories.

Spouses

Military Spouse Career Center - employment

Military Spouse Employment Program - employment

Military Spouse Resource Center - assist with employment, education, scholarships (this also falls under employment and education)

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

Traumatic Brain Injury information for Educators and Parents

Survivor Specific

Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center

Bereaved Parents of the U.S.A.

Comfort Zone Camp

Dougy Center for Grieving Children &, Families

Military Funeral Honors

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Wish for Our Heroes

Family Members

American Red Cross

Army One Source

Cell phones/calling cards for soldiers

Colorado Community Health Network

DOD Dictionary of Military Terms

Federal Voting Assistance Program

Healing Warriors

Military Family Network

Military One Source

Military news with benefit information

National Military Family Association

National Resource Directory

Project Sanctuary - provides free retreat for the whole family.

Social Security

Soldiers Angels

United Services Organization - can assist with referrals, housing and emergency assistance

Veterans Holidays (discounted rates)

Waves of Honor

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)