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Navy Gold Star Program

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)

TriCare Provisional Benefits for Survivors and Dependents
TRICARE transitional survivor and survivor benefits for Active Duty family members.

Understanding Survivor Benefits
Dealing with the death of a family member in the military is never easy, but surviving family members are entitled to certain benefits that can help ease financial difficulties. Looking into these benefits at the time a loved one dies can be difficult emotionally, but you should go through this process as soon as possible, otherwise you risk facing unexpected circumstances that may prevent you from receiving your benefits....The resources and information in this section will assist you in dealing with the death of servicemember.


Family Based Survivor Benefits (for Relatives)
Immediate relatives of U.S. armed forces members who die as a result of combat while in an active duty status may be eligible for certain “survivor” immigration benefits, including citizenship.


TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)
TAPS Magazine is dedicated to the brave men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces, and to their survivors. The magazine is written by surviving family members, friends, and care-giving professionals for those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones.  We hope you will find comfort, support, information, inspiration, and a sense of connection within its pages as you continue your grief journey.

TAPS Magazine is published quarterly and sent free of charge to survivors, their friends and family, service members, and professionals who work with U.S. military survivors.


Military One Source
This free 24-hour service, provided by the Department of Defense, is available to all active duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families. Consultants provide information and make referrals on a wide range of issues. You can reach the program by telephone at 1-800-342-9647 or through their website.

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Survival Care Package
The story of TAPS and the services we are proud to provide are outlined in our Survivor Care Packages.  This is a vital tool, not only to each survivor, but to caregivers and family support on the front lines providing face to face, personal assistance.  These packages are provided at no cost and outline important information for calling upon all of the resources provided by TAPS.
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Additional resources for Gold Star families