A Salute to Members of our Armed Forces

In observance of Memorial Day this May, Benefits.gov honors those brave men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the country’s armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, this holiday was founded and first observed in 1971, to honor those who died in the Civil War. Memorial Day is a time when our nation comes together to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives, and lend support, thoughts, and prayers to the loved ones who have lost family and friends in the line of duty.

Benefits.gov offers information on programs that provide financial assistance to those who have lost a member of their immediate family from active duty. Programs such as Survivors Pension, Survivors’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), and Healthcare Benefits for Dependents (CHAMPVA) provide support for surviving dependents. 

There are ways to give back and honor the lives of our fallen service men and women by volunteering with organizations such as The Fallen Patriots, Bob Woodruff Foundation, and Folds of Honor. These organizations work hard to ensure they are honoring the legacy of our American heroes by supporting families who need it the most. 

Benefits.gov also provides information on programs specifically for veterans, survivors, and their families. For more information, visit the Military: Active Duty and Veterans category and take the Benefit Finder questionnaire to see what benefits you may be eligible to receive. 

We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day, as we salute our fallen soldiers and honor their families.

Military: Active Duty and Veterans
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