AFFF ensures family members of deceased Airmen are provided with immediate and long-term bereavement care, service, and support. The program serves as a conduit to facilitate the resolution of issues family members may have as it relates to the death of an Airman, in coordination with applicable subject matter experts. This is a long-term aftercare program intended to provide individualized, local support to surviving family members of deceased Airmen. Through phased and timely outreach, survivors will be contacted directly by a Community Readiness Consultant (CRC) or Community Readiness Specialist (CRS) who will provide assistance and support. Our philosophy is: “Once a part of the Air Force family, always a part of the Air Force family.”
Resources, Books & Literature
General Grief Websites
GriefNet.org – An internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss with online grief support.
Helpguide.org – Free online resources to help people deal with grief.
NationalResourceDirectory.gov – Government website which lists resources and contact information avail-able to survivor, military personnel, veterans, and family members.
GROWW.org (Grief Recovery Online for All Bereaved) – A safe site providing online support groups and chat rooms for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
Military One Source (MOS) – militaryonesource.mil | 800-342-9647
Provides face-to-face counseling, telephone consultation, online consultation (instant messenger), and financial consultation. Indefinite support for benefits-entitled dependents.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – va.gov | 800-905-4675 / 720-874-1031 / 202-461-6530
Offers readjustment counseling and bereavement counseling to parents, spouses, and children of AD service members, also available to reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty. 24-hour availability. This bereavement counseling is of limited duration and may only be authorized up to 60 days. How-ever, VA medical center directors have authority to approve a longer period of time when medically indicated.
Military Treatment Facilities (MTF), TRICARE – tricare.mil
Appointments made with Social Workers, Psychologists, and/or Psychiatrists by referral from primary physicians. Health plan options and costs for TRICARE vary based on the sponsor’s military status when he/she dies; if surviving family member is a spouse or child.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) – taps.org | 800-959-8277
Established in 1994 for military survivors. Offers 24/7 information line, peer mentoring, publishes quarterly newsletters, hosts online community of survivors (chat rooms, message boards, and peer group discussion sites), military survivor seminars for adults and Good Grief Camps for children. Any relationship to deceased welcome.
American Gold Star Mothers – goldstarmoms.com
Established in 1928. A community of mothers who lost a child on Active Duty in the military. Chapters located throughout the U.S.
American War Mothers – americanwarmoms.org
Established in 1917. Members are mothers of children who have served or are serving in the Armed Ser-vices during a time of conflict.
Gold Star Wives of America – goldstarwives.org
Established in 1945. A community of widows and widowers who lost a spouse on Active Duty in the military. Chapters located throughout the U.S.
American Widow Project (AWP) – americanwidowproject.org
Established in 2006. Is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasizes healing through sharing stories over blogs, get-aways/retreats, and conventions. Fiancés welcome.
Society of Military Widows – militarywidows.org
Established in 1968. Serves 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.
Veterans’ Widow(ers) International Network, Inc. – vetsurvivors.com
Established in 1995. Provides help and support to all Veterans’ Survivors either receiving benefits or on a waiting list.
Grief Share – griefshare.org | 800-395-5755
Offers grief recovery support groups weekly throughout the U.S. and Canada, and many internationally.
Air Force Aid Society – afas.org
Provides emergency financial assistance and education assistance programs to spouses and dependent age children of Air Force personnel who die on Active Duty).
Compassionate Friends – compassionatefriends.org
Offers support groups in cities throughout the U.S. and online for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents.
Men’s Bereavement Network – mensbereavement.org
Offers support groups throughout the U.S. for men grieving the loss of a spouse, specifically designed to address the unique way in which men grieve.
Air Craft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS) – accesshelp.org
An air disaster bereavement network dedicated to connecting those who lost a loved one in a plane crash.
Education and Employment:
VA Education Services – 888-422-9988
Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children – militaryscholar.org
A scholarship program for children of military members.
Pat Tillman Scholarship – pattillmanfoundation.org/tillman-military-scholars/apply
A scholarship intended to cover tuition, fees, books, room and board, and child care for spouses of Active Duty and veteran service members. Partners with existing education benefits.
Folds of Honor Foundation – foldsofhonor.org
Provides scholarships to spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service.
Tutor.com – tutor.com/military | 800-411-1970 or 212-528-3101
Homework and studying help from a professional tutor anytime needed. FREE for students in military families. Expects are online 24/7 and available to help in more than 16 subjects.
USA Jobs – usajobs.com
A job search site to help military spouses find careers with the Federal Government, also gives the opportunity to use their preference as a surviving spouse, preference also applies to surviving children.
Career One Stop – careeronestop.org/militaryspouses
Helps military spouses with career planning, training, and job search resources.
VA Home Loan Eligibility – 888-244-6711
Inspector General Hotline – 800-488-8244
Small Business Administration – 800-827-5722
VA Debt Management Center – 800-827-0648