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Disclaimer: The following web sites are not associated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., or its Board of Directors, and has no official or unofficial affiliation with the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., or its Board of Directors, or its membership. This web page was created as a resource for the members of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. as well as use by the general public.

Below is a message from the Office of Survivor Assistance. GSW works closly with the OSA for benefit and policy changes within the VA, clarification of policy, and in many instances casework intervention: 

Contact the Office of Survivor Assistance at http://www.va.gov/SURVIVORS/

CHAMPVA

 

1-800-733-8387
Delivers Health Benefits Administration on behalf of those enrolled through the VA.  Once a survivor remarries their eligibility for health care may be restored (after death or divorce) through ChampVA. Members not eligible for active duty or retiree TRICARE may be eligible for CHAMPVA.

PowerPoint slides of CHAMPVA eligibility (April 2018)
Additional VA/DoD Survivors Forum Documents Forever GI Bill (April 2018)
Special Operations Warrior Foundation (April 2018)
National Cemetery Administration Legacy Campaign (April 2018)
Helping Bereaved Men (April 2018)

VETERANS CRISIS LINE

1-800-273-8255

GSWs in need of immediate crisis intervention are urged to call this number or text 838255

National Associations of County Veterans Service

County Veterans Service Officers provide information and assistance to survivors, veterans, military personnel and family members.

National Association of State Directors of Veterans

This website provides information about the individual state benefits for survivors, veterans, military personnel and families.

Department of Veterans Affairs Handbook

2013 Online Edition of the Department of Veterans Affairs Handbook for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors.

Department of Veterans Affairs

1-800-827-1000

Direct Link to the Department of Veterans Affairs

For a complete listing of VA phone numbers: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1703

Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS)

1-800-959-TAPS (8277)
Compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

The National Resource Directory

The National Resource Directory provides access to over 10,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. We are proud to assure our users they can trust the content as resources are reviewed regularly by a content management team that includes several Veterans and subject matter experts.

U.S. Army Survivor Outreach Services

SOS Office

1-855 707-2769

Our Fallen Warriors have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Army has a commitment to their Families. Families deserve our respect, gratitude and the very best we can provide.

U.S Navy Gold Star Program

1-888-509-8759

 

Navy Gold Star is an inclusive program – regardless of your loved one’s military branch, location, or manner of death. Our commitment to you is that regardless of the branch of service, we will provide you with support and help you locate your branch’s survivor services. Navy Gold Star support coordinators provide dedicated outreach and support when, and for as long as, you desire. Our coordinators are located all over the United States and are ready to help you in any way they can.

Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center

Readjustment Counseling Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, provides bereavement counseling for spouses, parents and children of servicemembers killed on active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Military OneSource

Military OneSource is a virtual extension of the family support services found on an installation. Consultants are standing by 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. Consultants can assist with big issues or small problems and can also refer callers to six short term counseling sessions in their hometown. All of this is available at no cost to the family.

National Veterans Foundation

1-888-777-4443

 

 

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. The NVF Helpline has already served more than 275,000 people in need. NVF aims to get the helpline running 24/7, but it currently operates from 9a.m.-9p.m., M-F. All messages received during off hours are returned the next business day, and requests for assistance can also be submitted via e-mail at vetsupport@nvf.org. 
or 1-888-777-4443

U.S. Department of Defense

Link to Department of Defense websites below. 

DFAS- Military and retirement Annuitant pay

888-332-7411, option 1

Military Pay contact for Annuitants

TRICARE

West Region

Health Net
1-844-866-9378 
www.tricare-west.com

East Region

Humana Military
1-800-444-5445 
www.tricare-east.com

The Health System of the US Military. This system is divided into regions and is contracted to various companies to manage.

West Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (excludes Rock Island arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (except St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (southwestern corner including El Paso), Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

East Region: Under the new regional contracts, the East Region is a merger of the North and South Regions and includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa (Rock Island area), Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri (St. Louis area), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (excluding El Paso area), Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

DEERS

Hours: M-F 6am -3:30 pm

Worldwide:(1)800-538-9552

or

TTY/TDD:(1)866-363-2883

To obtain ID CARDS, healthcare and other benefits from the US Military your information must be in DEERS

The link is to a DEERS locator service. Usually this is Pass and ID offices at various installations

DELTA DENTAL

Domestic:

888-838-8737 (toll-free)

TTY/TDD:

866-847-1264 (toll-free)

International:

+ 866-721-8737

Provides dental insurance for those survivors of retired members and those enrolled through the VA pilot project. Active duty deaths are covered under another system initially.


       
 
           

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.

Gold Star Wives is a Congressionally Chartered non-profit service organization that is capable of providing services to the active duty and service-connected military surviving spouses.

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Birmingham, Alabama Office
P.O. Box 361986
Birmingham, AL 35236

Email: info@goldstarwives.org
Phone: 1-888-751-6350

Washington DC Office
200 N.Glebe Road Rm 435
Arlington, VA 22203-3755

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is a non-profit 501(C)4 National Military Widow/Widowers Service Organization chartered by the United States Congress. Donations are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes but may be deductible as trade or business expenses.

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