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Survivor, DIC, & Death Benefits

Survivor Resources
Spouse, Children, Parents

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Survivor Education Resources
Survivor Greif Resources


Surviving Dependent Educational Resources

  • Fry Scholarships are offered to qualifying children and spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. This scholarship covers tuition, housing costs, books, and supplies for a maximum 36 months of benefits. This particular benefit is very detailed in terms of eligibility including marital status and age. Dependent children are eligible once they turn 18 unless the dependent has graduated high school.

  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance is a VA program that provides 45 months of education benefits and on-the-job training for eligible dependents of veterans with VA ratings of permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition. The program is also open to eligible dependents of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a VA-rated condition caused by or associated with military service.

  • Many states have education benefits for eligible dependents of Veterans, in addition to the federal VA programs listed above. Eligibility differs, some programs are based on years of service, some on disability rating, and some are more general. It is definitely worth looking into your state-sponsored programs, as in some cases tuition, fees, and textbooks are completely covered at state schools.

  • Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) and nonprofits have scholarships for military and veteran dependents. MOAA, Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Army Scholarship Foundation are just a few of the many groups offering additional support.

  • TAPS Scholarship Search Tool is a great resource to locating scholarships you may be eligible for.

  • Folds of Honor scholarships are for the children of fallen and disabled troops and Gold Star spouses.

  • Veterans United Foundation Scholarship for Surviving Spouses and Children

  • Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children
    "Since 2001, Fisher House Foundation has administered the "Scholarships for Military Children," a scholarship program for the sons and daughters of service members, which in the last 10 years, has awarded $8.3 million in scholarship grants to 5,400 military children.

  • Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
    Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty; including casualties from combat, training, illness and suicide. We aim to bridge the gap between the VA, and other grants, and the total cost of undergraduate college education or vocational school. Fallen Patriots serves surviving children (step-, foster-, and adopted-) of fallen service members from all military branches and components. There is no age limit to enroll a child, and scholarship applications are accepted year-round. Financial help includes, but is not limited to, ACT/SAT prep and fees, college application fees, tuition, summer courses, study abroad programs, books, living expenses, computers, and student loans.

  • Pat Tillman Scholarship
    The Tillman Military Scholarships are intended to cover direct study-related expenses such as tuition, fees, and books, as well as other needs such as room and board and child care. The Pat Tillman Foundation allocates scholarships to individual applicants through the Foundation and through select university partners with existing service member support programs and enrollment.

  • NMFA Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program 
    The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security. The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to spouses of all Uniformed Services members.

  • ASPIRE Scholarship
    Available to post 9/11
    The Surviving Spouses Scholarship Program presented by BAE Systems, Inc. provides scholarships to single parents who have lost a spouse in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraq Freedom. This program will afford individuals the opportunity to attain a post-secondary education through a holistic approach.

    Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, utility bills, car maintenance, childcare or any other financial need that contributes to the recipient’s success in school. In addition, counselors are available to serve as coaches and assist with day-to-day issues such as financial planning and tutoring.

  • Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
    The Buick Achievers Scholarship is open for high school seniors, high school graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduate students.  The Scholarship program is proudly funded by the GM Foundation.  The Scholarship Program rewards students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance.  It's a reward for what you've made of yourself and the difference you are making for others.  The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is awarding 50 Buick Achievers Scholarships of up to $25,000 to the winning candidates.  This scholarship is for students who plan to enroll/are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico.  To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on engineering, technology, or design.  Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries while using these areas of study.  Applicants must be US citizens and have permanent residence in the United States.  Special consideration will be given to first-generation college students, women, minorities, and military veterans or dependents of military personnel.  The funds for the scholarship come from the GM Foundation, not the General Motors Company.  The GM Foundation is a 501c (3) organization that is separate from GM.

  • Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship
    The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship is available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a Veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.

  • MG James Ursano Scholarship Program and The Spouse Education Assistance Program
    The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree. Applicants must reapply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

    The Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) is a need-based education program designed to provide spouses of active duty or retired Soldiers with financial assistance to pursue a 4-year college degree. Applicants must apply each year, and scholarship awards do not exceed four academic years.

  • Air Force Aid Society-General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
    This grant program is competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors. These $2,000 grants are awarded to selected sons and daughters of Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their full-time undergraduate studies.

  • American Legion Auxiliary
    The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship to support the children of our warriors. These scholarships are awarded to 15 students annually who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities.

    The American Legion Auxiliary's goal is to do all we can to make that happen, and that’s what the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship program is all about. These scholarships help people who are part of The American Legion Family pursue a college degree later in life or allow them to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted. If you’re at this place in life, this may be the right scholarship for you.

  • American Legion
    The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.

    AMVETS annually awards scholarships to Veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren.  A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased Veteran is also eligible.

  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for higher education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines and children of former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action.

  • MOAA
    MOAA Provides scholarships and grants for all levels of rank.

  • Navy League Foundation
    The Navy League Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors who will attend college in the fall.  Navy League Foundation Scholarships are available only to children and grandchildren of former members of the Sea Services and those currently serving. 


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  • Association and Event Management
    If you need expert help with association and event management (conference planning or continuing educational events). 


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Survivor Grief Resources

AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS)

  • 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.

Center for Loss & Life Transition

  • Dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them by offering resources and understand.

Department of Veterans Affairs Bereavement Counseling

  • Bereavement support for parents, spouses, and children of active duty, National Guard, or reserve members who die while on military duty.

Domani for Grief 

  • Grief support, honest conversation and a heartfelt community through resources and information available to begin the healing process.

  • 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.

Give An Hour

  • 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.

Hospice Foundation of America

  • Education for 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.

Open to Hope

  • Helps survivors find hope after loss though articles, books, television and podcast broadcastings, as well as allow you to share your stories of hope and compassion.

The Compassionate Friends

  • Provides 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.


  • 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.

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)

  • International, professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology.

Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists

  • Membership organization of individuals engaged in and committed to excellence in trauma services, response, and treatment.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

  • 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.

National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • 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.  

Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

  • International interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

What's Your Grief 

  • Grief education, exploration and expression in both practical and creative ways by providing resources related to understanding and coping with grief and loss, guidance on how to help a grieving friend or family member, online courses about grief and supporting someone who's grieving, resources, education and training for grief counselors, volunteers and other professions in related fields, a podcast about grief, and a support community

National Veterans Foundation

  • The NVF has opened a toll-free helpline (1-888-777-4443) for Troops, Veterans and their families. All calls are answered live by trained veterans, who listen, provide crisis intervention services, emotional support and information, or immediate referrals to local providers who can help.

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