American Association of Suicidology
AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.
A helpful listing of Survivor of Suicide support services can be located on their website. These groups and programs can be helpful to those who lost a loved one as a result of Suicide.
Armed Forces Services Corporation
For each family of an active-duty fallen service member (including Reservists and National Guardsmen on active duty), AFSC provides:
A survivor benefit report with the lifetime integrated stream of benefits for the family (including Social Security benefits, VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Survivor Benefits Plan, Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance, and the VA Dependent Education Assistance)
An annual updated benefits report
Support in understanding the benefits through their Family Assistance Survivor Team (877-827-2471)
Children of Fallen Patriots
Children of Fallen Patriots provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
Give an Hour
Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization providing free mental health care to U.S. military personnel and their loved ones affected by post-9/11 service. "We want to help you heal". If you are seeking help, they offer a range of mental health services to address a variety of needs. On their secondary website, connected.giveanhour.org, they provide a listing of additional resources covering eight topic areas.
Gold Star Mothers Inc.
Gold Star Mothers is a congressionally charted non-profit organization. This is an organization of mothers who lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.
Gold Star Wives of America Inc.
Gold Star Wives is a congressionally chartered nonprofit service organization. This group provides services to active-duty and service-connected military widows and widowers.
Military Warriors Support Foundation
Their mission is to provide support for our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star Families as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life. This is a very fragile time for these heroes, and their families, and it is their goal to provide programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition. Their programs include home donation, academic and employment assistance, as well as recreational activities.
One major program is "Homes 4 Gold Stars", which alows Gold Star spouses whose spouse is KIA to apply to recieve a home free of charge.
For more information on this organization and its programs, visit: www.militarywarriors.org
National Association for Uniformed Services
The National Association for Uniformed Services is the only military-affiliated association whose membership is open to the entire military/veteran family – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, United States Public Health Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Guard and Reserve. NAUS serves all ranks and grades, represents a broad spectrum of interests, and is affiliated with the National Society of Military Widows (see below), supporting the interests and needs of spouses and survivors.
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Gold Star Scholarships
The Gold Star Scholorship Program provides education scholorships of $500 to $2500 per academic year to pay for tuition, books, fees rooms and board.
To qualify, you must be:
A child (under age 23) of a Sailor or Marine who died while serving on active duty or after retirement.
An unremarried spouse of a Sailor or Marine who dies as a result of the attack on the USS STARK or the Pentagon, or during service in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), OPeration Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation New DAwn (OND).For more information and how to apply, visit : http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/nmcrs-gold-star-scholarship-programs
Navy School Liaison Officers Program (SLO)
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the primary link between community schools, commanders, and military parents. SLOs face a wide range of issues concerning schools and military children’s education. They can assist with a number of education related topics including:
- School Transition Assistance when you move
- Special Education System Navigation
- Installation, School, and Community Communications
- Partnerships in Education
- Homeschool Linkage, Support
- Postsecondary Preparation
To locate you closest SLO visit https://www.dodea.edu/Partnership/schoolLiaisonOfficers.cfm and download the SLO directory
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
For a factsheet on the rules associated with the use and display of the Blue Star and Gold Star service flags, visit:
Sesame Workshop: Talk, Listen, Connect Initiative
When Families Grieve is a continuation of Sesame Workshop’s award-winning Talk, Listen, Connect initiative, which provides resources and emotional support to military families with young children coping with challenging transitions in their lives. The When Families Grieve initiative provides resources in support of families with young children between the ages of 2 and 8 who are coping with the death of a parent. Resource kits are available at no cost through Military OneSource. Your casualty assistance officer can also arrange to have a kit forwarded to you upon request.
Society of Military Widows
The Society of Military Widows is a nonprofit organization that serves the interests of women whose husbands died while on active military duty, because of a service-connected illness, or during disability or regular retirement from the military services.
1 (888) 484-3876
The USO Families of the Fallen Support Program provides travel support, respite and comfort to families who are traveling through airports across the United States. The USO funds and provides special programs for continued support of families, and also partners with best-in-class organizations for additional services and resources.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. TAPS provides comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources.
Trevor Romain Memory Box Grief Comfort Kit
The Trevor Romain Comfort Kit for Kids is centered on the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning DVD, What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? The DVD uses gentle humor, original music, and a compassionate storyline to pass along practical and helpful advice for kids. Despite the serious subject matter, kids of all ages are enlightened and encouraged as Trevor’s characters learn how to move toward grief instead of running away from it. The kit includes:
What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? (DVD)
What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? (book)
A journal for self-expression with original artwork and writing prompts
Coco, a plush animal offering comfort and companionship
Helping Children Cope With Loss (booklet for caregivers)
A letter from Coco and a set of colored pencils
A special memory box to protect treasured keepsakes
The Comfort Kits are available free of charge from your Navy School Liaison Officer. To find out more contact your Navy Gold Star Coordinator.
Tuesday's Children promotes healing and recovery by strengthening family resilience, providing individual coping and life management skills and creating community through mentoring, leadership, mental health support, family engagement opportunities, college and career guidance and "Helping Heals" opportunities.
In partnership with recognized leaders in the fields of child development, family advocacy, crisis counseling and mentoring, Tuesday's Children has spent the last 14 years working with over 10,000 family members who were directly impacted by the events of September 11th and in recent years, they have reached out to those families who "answered the call" post 9/11. They connect military gold Star families with the 9/11 families within their network through their "Project Heart to Heart" program and include teenage children and siblings of the fallen in their international program "Project Common Bond", their career resource center and leadership programs.
To find out more about this organization, visit www.tuesdayschildren.org