This Memorial Day we take time to remember the thousands of families who have lost loved ones who were serving their country. Our gratitude for their service and sacrifice seems impossible to put in words.
Last year we took some time to reflect on putting the ‘memorial’ back in Memorial Day. This year we wanted to take some time to highlight the resources that are available to those who are grieving a military loss. Below are some great organizations and services that are available, but I am sure there are plenty more we aren’t aware of. Leave a comment to let us know what we have missed!
TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, provides support to anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. The provide a survivor resource kit, peer support, articles, and caseworkers who can assist with benefits.
The Gold Star Wives is an organization for the widows of those who died in military service, or who died of disabilities related to their military service. Their organization works to honor the memory of those who died in service, to provide services to the children of those who died in military service, and to help people to carry forward with a positive attitude after a loss.
This program was started to provide support for military parents and other family grieving the loss of someone who died in military service. The provide private, closed forums for family members and can be accessed here.
The American Widow Project provides peer-based support to widows of those who died during military service. The have a hotline, web resources, and a DVD documentary. The also provide an array of e-courses as support for military widows.
The VA provides services for military survivors. Information can be found here about burial benefits, survivor benefits, healthcare benefits for surviving dependents, and VA life insurance benefits.
This program provides coordinators and financial counselors to any Army survivors, “regardless of your loved one’s Army component, duty status, location, or manner of death”. These services are provided indefinitely and can be accessed by any family member in need of outreach and support.
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