Retirement Services Office (RSO)
Casualty Affairs & Survivors Assistance
The following websites are intended to provide you with information regarding Benefits and Survivor Assistance.
- Annuities for Certain Military Surviving Spouses (ACMSS) - PDF 19 Kb and
Note: ACMSS is commonly referred to as the "Forgotten Widows" annuity
- Army Casualty website
The Army Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operation Center (CMAOC) Web site is designed to assist Army Families and the many dedicated professionals trying to aid those Families in the emotionally stressful time of bereavement. To report a retiree's death, call 1-800-626-3317 or, from overseas, call collect 502-613-3317.
- Army Emergency Relief Survivor Assistance
AER is available to help surviving spouses get through the initial period of adjustment following the death of a spouse while waiting for their benefits such as SBP, DIC, social security, etc. to start.
- VA Benefit Information
Compensation & Pension Service administers a variety of benefits and services for veterans, their dependents and survivors, including, but not limited to: service-connected compensation, DIC, non-service connected pension, burial & accrued benefits, guardianship and public contact services.
- Burial - Veterans Burial and Memorial Benefits
VA National Cemetery Administrations' Web Site, designed to assist you with information on VA's National cemeteries and other burial benefits.
- Disability Information Online
DisabilityInfo.gov is a central gateway to the federal government's disability-related information and resources. This easy-to-use Web portal is a directory of government Web links relevant to people with disabilities, their Families, employers, service providers and other community members.
- Education - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.
- POWs - Former POWs and their Survivors
This VA site is designed to assist POWs, their Families and survivors in obtaining needed VA benefits and VA health care services.
- Records Request - National Archives
Use this system to create a customized order form to request information from your, or your relative's, military personnel records.
- Social Security Online
- Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)
Retired pay stops with the death of the retiree. SBP was established by PL 92-425, 21 September 1972, to provide the continuation of a portion of retired pay to beneficiaries designated by retirees. In exchange for this continuation, retirees have to accept reduced retired pay during their lifetime.
- Survivors and Eligible Dependants VA Benefits
The homepage of the VA Veterans Services Outreach Web site for surviving spouses and dependents of veterans.