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Casualty & Loss

Welcome to the Casualty and Loss section of Armed Forces Crossroads. The links below provide a wealth of information on loss, while acting as a support network for those in need.

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Provides community resources, checklists, financial information, funeral arrangements, legal help, and grieving support.

Active Heroes is a 501c3 charity helping Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families. Active Heroes mission is to support U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational, and emotional programs providing coping skills in an effort to eliminate suicide Active Heroes’ vision is to eliminate military/veteran suicide.

The Air Force Personnel Center website provides information on Casualty Assistance Representatives and Survivor Benefit plans.

The Air Force Enlisted Village is dedicated to providing a home to the widows of those who so faithfully and gallantly served our country. We are open to all widows of career enlisted Air Force members. Our primary focus is on the indigent widow who would be forced to live in sub-standard and unsafe conditions if not for the housing we provide. Each of our residents is treated with the full dignity and care they so richly deserve. Other categories we serve are: widows of spouses who die on active duty, family members of active duty personnel and retirees during times of natural disasters and the widows of other service branches (on a space available basis). Our funding is based on donations. We count on the support of those who share our belief that enlisted widows deserve a safe, secure home in their senior years.

ACCESS was established to aid and facilitate the grieving process of people who have been affected by or involved in an air crash. Support, referral, and partnership of survivors and volunteers are provided.

Specializes in widow/survivor services.

Contains references, resources and online helpguide relating to grieving and bereavement.

A website sponsored privately by a professional speaker, author, and psychotherapist. The website focuses on healing from loss and trauma and specifically addresses masculine grief and healing for men.

While the sheer force of nature is a huge part of the reason, lack of preparedness only further aggravates the destruction perpetuated by natural disasters. In 2015, 376 natural triggered disasters were registered, and this doesn't include local problems like floods, small storms, and fires. If you're not prepared, your family is at risk.

Are you prepared for a natural disaster? While it may seem like you're not at risk, the statistics indicate that most people will be affected in some way by a natural disaster in their lifetimes, either indirectly or directly. Between 1994 and 2013, 6,873 natural disasters occurred around the world, claiming around 68,000 lives each year and affecting 218 million people. No matter where you live in the world, you can be affected by a natural disaster, and most likely will be exposed to one at some point in your life.

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy - a late-season post-tropical cyclone - hit the East Coast, destroying or damaging 305,000 housing units in New York City, a metropolitan area with double the national average of home renters. The unexpected and unprecedented hurricane served as a reminder to all Americans of the unpredictability of natural disasters. It also brought to light the reality that renters are too often a vulnerable population relative to disaster response and preventive protections.

This guide is intended to aid family members through the difficulty and pain of losing a loved one who was serving in the military. The guide also provides an introduction to the most important issues that loved ones face during this difficult time.

An online memorial for armed services personnel killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

A checklist of tasks to be completed within the first month, first six months and first year.

Provides information on claiming benefits from the Social Security Administration and the Veteran's Administration. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

List of necessary documents when someone dies. Information from AARP, Grief and Loss.

Contains a list of basic actions to take during the first few months after the death of your loved one. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

Contains list of important financial desisions that need to be made when someone dies. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

Contains information on funeral arrangements and memorial services. Also provides information on veteran funerals. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

Provides information on getting legal help after someone dies. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

Support group for all widow(er)s, including those from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. This military survivors organization has been serving war widows from all conflicts and service connected disabilities since 1945.

A non-profit corporation developed to provide solace and support for the bereaved and those who care for them.

Provides information for Grandparents to help their Grandchildren deal with death. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

How to deal with the death of a loved one.

Web site provides the general public with information on Military Funeral Honors, as well as helpful links to related military and veterans issues web sites.

Culture and Response to Grief and Mourning

Contains information on the normal reactions to loss. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

Information for spouses on how to cope when a loved one has died. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

Article containing information on dealing with sudden or traumatic loss. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

An educational organization, autonomous, unaffiliated, and non-profit, that provides free support for grief and loss and catastrophic loss.

Understanding the grief process and the seven steps that may be followed. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

When faced with the task of mourning a treasured loved one, a profound measure of strength and will takes over.

This web site is dedicated to the surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died while in active military service and to the survivors of veterans who died after active service. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide quality information and assistance to family members suffering the loss of their husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and mothers and fathers.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS) is a national non-profit organization made up of, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed Forces.

The Compassionate Friends is a non-profit, self-help organization that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings.

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

The Society of Military Widows (SMW) was founded to serve the interests of women whose husbands died while on active military duty, of a service-connected illness, or during disability or regular retirement from the armed forces.

Provides immediate legal and financial steps to take when someone dies. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

Provides information for parents to deal with the loss of a child. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

Contains suggestions on how to honor the loss of a loved one. From AARP, Grief and Loss.

An information and self-help resource by and for widows and widowers facing grief, bereavement, and the recovery process. AARP resource listings are provided.

A non-profit organization providing support to families, friends, and rescue and support personnel involved with deaths, catastrophic losses, and those who survive.


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