Continued Housing Benefits (for Survivors)
The Department of Defense makes special housing benefit provisions for Spouses and Children of Service members who die while serving on active duty. Eligible Family members residing on base may continue to reside in base quarters for up to 365 days after the Service member's death. Eligible Family members not living in government housing receive a housing allowance for up to 365 days after the Service member's death.
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.