The National Defense Authorization Act 2014, Section 633, requires each secretary of a military department to designate a specific member to assist spouses and other dependents of service members, (including Reserve Components), who die on active duty.
These survivor advocates are available to provide support and address issues or concerns by spouses and other dependents of deceased service members regarding casualty assistance or receipt of military survivor benefits authorized by law.
Other Service Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representatives:
Long Term Assistance Program
Phone number: (901) 874-0083
Family Programs Directorate
Phone number: (210) 466-1173
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U.S. Air Force
Airman and Family Care Division
Phone number: (703) 697-2392
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U.S. Coast Guard
Coast Guard Casualty Matters Office
Phone number: (703) 872-6647
If you are a survivor and not satisfied with the casualty assistance provided by your service, contact your Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representative. They are there to help, regardless of how and where your loved one died.
Personnel eligible to participate include the widow, parents and the next of kin. The term "widow" includes widower ; the term "parents" includes mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, mother through adoption, father through adoption, and foster parents who stood in loco parentis; the term "next of kin" only includes children, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, and half-sisters; and the term "children" includes stepchildren and children through adoption.
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U.S. Marine Corps
Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representatives