The Department of Defense and other agencies support families of fallen servicemembers and veterans by providing compassionate services to help cope with their loss and address all questions related to the casualty. Listed below are some of the valuable resources available to survivors.
Grief Support Resources
- Center for Loss & Life Transition is an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them by offering resources and understand. For more information, you may also call 970-226-6050.
- Give An Hour is a national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society by harnessing the skill and expertise of volunteer professionals to increase the likelihood that those in need receive the support and care they deserve.
- Department of Veterans Affairs Bereavement Counseling offers bereavement support to parents, spouses, and children of active duty, National Guard, or reserve members who die while on military duty. For more information, you may also call 202-461-6530.
- The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. For more information, you may also call 877-969-0010.
- Vets4Warriors is a 24/7 peer support network committed to ensuring that all veterans, servicemembers, their families, and caregivers always have direct and immediate access to a peer who understands their life experiences and the challenges they face, and can provide support whenever they confront an issue, wherever they are in the world. For more information, you may also call 855-838-8255.
- AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS) is an air disaster bereavement support network dedicated to connecting those who have survived or lost loved ones in private, military and commercial airplane crashes, as well as other aviation tragedies with individuals who have lived through similar losses.
- Hospice Foundation of America educates the public and health care professionals about death, dying and grief by bringing together the nation’s leading experts to contribute to books, web-based tutorials and programs, and videos. For more information, you may also contact 800-854-3402.
- Open to Hope helps people find hope after loss though articles, books, television and podcast broadcastings, as well as allow you to share your stories of hope and compassion.
- eCondolence.com provides guidance about expressing condolences, grief and coping, and bereavement, as well as tools and resources to plan and coordinate following the loss of a loved one.
- Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) is an international, professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology. For more information, you may also call 612-337-1808.
- Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists is a professional membership organization of individuals engaged in and committed to excellence in trauma services, response, and treatment. For more information, you may also call 864-294-4337.
- International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress. For more information, you may also call 847-686-2234.
- National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a professional member organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. For more information, you may also call 866-432-1542.
- National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress related disorders.
Military-Related Organizations and Resources
- The American Legion
- American Widow Project provides military widows with support through peer-based support programs designed to educate, empower, inspire and assist them in taking steps forward to their new normal.
- American Gold Star Mothers Inc. is an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters died in the line of duty or died as a result of injuries while on active duty. For more information, you may also call 202-265-0991.
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Army Times
- Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association
- Gold Star Pins
- Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is a congressionally chartered organization that provides information to active-duty and service-connected widows and widowers on pertinent matters such as benefits and legislative and support services.
- Got Your Back Network
- Military Connection
- Presidential Memorial Certificate
- National Guard Association of the United States
- National Resource Directory is an online partnership for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers, veterans, their families, as well as families of the fallen and those who support them.
- Navy Gold Star Program
- Navy Mutual Aid Association
- Society of Military Widows