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Government Assistance After Losing a Loved One

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    We provide an estimated list of federal benefits that might be appropriate for you (the person applying for benefits), but the only way to find out true eligibility is to apply.

    State, city, or employer may offer other benefits. Be sure to check these out for a full picture of the help available.

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For the most accurate results, select the options that best describe your or the person applying for benefits situation. The list of benefits will reorder to prioritize the benefits you are most likely eligible for.

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Your date of birth is
For example: 4/28/1986

Month (MM)

Day (DD)

Year (YYYY)

Did the person who died serve in the active military, naval, or air service?

About the person who died

The deceased died on the following date:
For example: 4/28/1986

Month (MM)

Day (DD)

Year (YYYY)

The deceased's funeral/burial was on the following date:
For example: 4/28/1986

Month (MM)

Day (DD)

Year (YYYY)

About the military service of the person who died

About you (the person applying for benefits)

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Potential Federal Benefits

You match 0 benefits.

Provided by Department of Defense

Assistance transporting and intering your loved one may be available, as well as travel support for the surviving spouse, children, and immediate family members of the service member.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by Department of Defense

Death Gratuity is a tax free payment of $100,000 to eligible survivors of members of the Armed Forces, who died while on active duty or while serving in certain reserve statuses.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by Department of Defense

Commonly referred to as the Annuity for Forgotten Widows, qualified surviving spouses of members of the Uniformed Services may be eligible for financial support.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by Department of Defense

Survivors of deceased active duty service members and some retired and reserve members may be eligible for up to 55% of the member's retired pay.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by U.S. Department of Justice

A one-time benefit is available to eligible survivors of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders whose deaths were the direct result of an injury sustained in the line of duty on or after September 29, 1976.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 2).

Provided by U.S. Department of Justice

Financial assistance for higher education is available to spouses and children of police, fire, and emergency public safety officers killed in the line of duty.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 2).

Provided by FEMA

Financial assistance may be available to help with the burial and funeral costs for people who died of COVID-19.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by Social Security Administration

The surviving spouse of a deceased person who qualified for Social Security benefits may be eligible for a $255 financial assistance.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by Social Security Administration

Social Security survivors benefits are paid to a child, stepchild, grandchild, or adopted child of eligible workers.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 7).

Provided by Social Security Administration

Social Security survivors benefits are paid to a child, stepchild, grandchild, or adopted child of eligible workers.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by Social Security Administration

Social Security survivors benefits might be available to the spouse or divorced spouse providing care for the deceased worker's child.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by Social Security Administration

Social Security survivors benefits are paid to parents of eligible workers.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by Social Security Administration

Social Security survivors benefits are paid to a surviving spouse of eligible workers, and under certain circumstances, to a surviving divorced spouse of eligible workers.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 7).

Provided by Social Security Administration

Social Security survivors benefits are paid to a surviving spouse of eligible workers, and under certain circumstances, to a surviving divorced spouse of eligible workers.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 6).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Assistance may be available to help with burial, funeral, and transportation costs of a deceased veteran.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 7).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

VA provides a United States flag to drape on a casket (or coffin) or place with an urn in honor of the military service of a veteran or reservist.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 3).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans, service members, and some family members may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 3).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Tax-free financial assistance may be available to surviving family members of a service member or a veteran.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 6).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Tax-free financial assistance may be available to surviving family members of a service member or a veteran.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Tax-free financial assistance may be available to surviving family members of a service member or a veteran.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

VA education benefits (also called Chapter 35 benefits) or job training through a GI Bill program may be available for dependents and survivors of a veteran.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

A headstone, grave marker, or niche marker may be available to honor a veteran, service member, or eligible family member.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

As a surviving child of a veteran you may be eligible for health insurance that covers the cost of some of your health care services and supplies, including prescription medicines.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 6).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

As a surviving spouse of a veteran you may be eligible for health insurance that covers the cost of some of your health care services and supplies, including prescription medicines.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

A VA-backed home loan may be available to the surviving spouse of a veteran.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Financial payment from a veteran's or service member's life insurance policy may be available.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 3).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Some veterans who are buried in a private cemetery, including veterans of the National Guard, may be eligible for a headstone medallion.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate signed by the current president issued to honor the military service of a veteran or reservist.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 4).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Monthly payments may be available to qualified surviving dependent children of wartime veterans who meet certain income and net worth limits.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 6).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Monthly payments may be available to qualified surviving dependent children of wartime veterans who meet certain income and net worth limits.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

Provided by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Monthly payments may be available to qualified surviving spouses of wartime veterans who meet certain income and net worth limits.

Key eligibility criteria (You must meet all criteria. You currently meet 0 of 5).

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