Casualty and Survivor Assistance

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Initial Online Survivor Benefits Reports (OSBR)

When a Service member in active status dies, the Casualty Assistance Officer (CAO) provides an initial OSBR to eligible surviving spouses and guardians of eligible family members. The initial OSBR summarizes current financial benefits and projects future benefits from all federal sources, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Interactive Online Survivor Benefits Reports

The interactive OSBR is a financial planning tool, available to surviving spouses and dependent children of Service members who died while on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. The interactive OSBR projects anticipated “milestone” events, such as children turning 18 and aging out of dependency. In addition, the interactive OSBR includes updated benefit amounts such as annual cost-of-living-increases, other legislative changes and provides benefit amount information projections under "What If" scenarios, (i.e. what is the effect of remarriage, what is the effect on my Social Security Benefits if I start or stop working). The interactive OSBR provides survivors current and projected income streams from federal sources and uses real time data. A DS Logon premium account is required to access the OSBR.

Benefits Facts
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) provides a one-time, lump-sum, tax-free payment to Wounded Warriors who qualify.
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G.I. Bill
The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible Service members and Veterans for programs such as: college, business, technical, or vocational school; apprenticeship / on-the-job training; correspondence courses; remedial, deficiency, and refresher training (in some cases); and flight training. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation.
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The Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (DoD-TAP) provides information, access to important documents, and training to ensure Service members separating from Active Duty are prepared for their next step in life - whether pursuing additional education, finding a job in the public or private sector, or starting their own business. This redesigned TAP is the result of an interagency collaboration to offer separating Service members and their Spouses better, more easily accessible resources and information to make their transitions more successful.
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When leaving active duty, Service members may be entitled to or eligible for benefits offered by TRICARE and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), depending on whether the Service member retires or separates.
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Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay is the gradual restoration of the retired pay currently being offset by VA disability pay.
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Army Community Service helps Soldiers and Families by providing vital services and information during war and peace.
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The Army Child and Youth Services (CYS) provides affordable childcare programs for Army Families. Costs are typically based on Family income. Programs range from daycare facilities to sports and fitness programs.
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Deployment Support
Mobilization, Deployment and Stability Support Operations' mission is to provide training, information and assistance to Soldiers, Civilians and their Families to maintain individual readiness throughout the entire deployment cycle. Deployment and Mobilization provides guidance, resources and training for all; Soldiers, Civilians and their Families; to include parents, Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) members, Rear Detachment cadre and ACS/Reserve staff throughout the Army Deployment and Mobilization cycle. Whether supporting deploying units by providing pre-deployment information and material to Soldiers, Civilians and their Families; to providing reintegration and RESET training as they reconstitute their Family unit, the Mobilization and Deployment Team is there to provide support.
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The Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act provides Soldiers important rights that cover issues such as rental agreements, eviction, credit card and mortgage interest rates, and more.