These pages are designed to provide general information on most federal benefits and privileges you may be entitled to as survivors of an Armed Forces member who died while serving on active duty, active duty for training (ADT), or inactive duty for training (IDT). After you have had an opportunity to read this information, feel free to discuss any questions with the Casualty Assistance Office.. If they cannot answer your questions, they will refer you to the appropriate military official or government agency, or get the answer for you. If you need assistance in other matters not covered here, contact the Casualty Assistance Office. Although the information shown here has been provided by the United States Air Force, it is generally applicable to all branches of the service..
Family members of military personnel who die as a direct or indirect result of
wartime or peacetime service are eligible to receive several types of federal benefits. Benefits to a spouse and
children are paid regardless of economic need, except in the case of a nonservice-connected death pension, while
benefits for parents who might otherwise be eligible will not be paid if the parents have income in excess of a
certain amount each year. Your CAR, the nearest VA or Social Security office will explain the benefits to you,
the amounts that can be paid, and help you complete the required claim forms.