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CASUALTY ASSISTANCE / SURVIVOR BENEFITS

Department of Defense Survivors Guide to Benefits

This document helps survivors understand their benefits from a federal level and the support that they are provided by the services.

Line of Duty Benefit

This is a benefit administered by the Illinois Court of Claims, which provides approximately $300,000 for surviving next of kin of Illinois servicemembers killed in the line of duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Federal Death Gratuity and Servicemembers Group Life Insurance

Let Them Rest in Peace Act

The "Let Them Rest in Peace Act," protects grieving lllinois families from vile protests intended to disrupt funerals of servicemen and women who have given their lives in the Global War on Terror. Sponsored by Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Norris City) and Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet), this law establishes a zone of privacy to protect mourners at funerals from hate groups seeking to use vile signs and epithets to heckle and harass them. The legislation, which has become a national model, was signed into law in May 2006 and now protects every Illinois family's fundamental right to conduct a funeral with reverence and dignity.

Burial and Funeral Expense Benefits

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Hotline: 800-959-TAPS (8277)

Global War on Terrorism Survivors' Compensation

A $3,000 bonus is payable to survivors of certain persons killed by terrorist acts or hostile activities during performance of military service in periods recognized as wartime by United States campaign or service medals. Residency of 1 year in Illinois prior to entering military service is required.

Vietnam Veteran Survivors Compensation

Survivors are entitled to a payment of $1,000 if veteran's death is service-connected or is the direct result of service-connected disabilities incurred in the period specified. A separate application is required.

Benefits for Deaths after Service

This web site is intended to provide benefits information for survivors and dependents of veterans who died after their term of active duty.