Jan. 2023: PACT Act, Survivor Services, MilKid Grief Support & More

Survivor Connection
Learn about policy changes and services that may affect your family.
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Changes to the PACT Act
The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, or PACT Act, provides health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law ensures generations of veterans, and their survivors, receive the assistance they’ve earned and deserve.

The PACT Act will be discussed during the Defense Department/VA Survivor's Forum on Jan. 26.
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Education & Career Tools from SECO
Looking for career or education support? As a surviving spouse of a service member, you are eligible for Spouse Education and Career Opportunities services. Find free resources to power your career and education goals.
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MilTax Software Launches on Jan. 17
As a survivor, you can use free MilTax software and tax support. Log in to Military OneSource to make sure your account is still active and troubleshoot any access issues so you’re ready to file when MilTax launches.
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Taking Care of Our Military Community
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced new actions to support the military community. Learn about plans to expand opportunities for spouse employment, strengthen MilFam support and ensure that basic needs are met.

Invest in Yourself
Making time for self-care is critical when experiencing grief. As you plan for the new year, renew your commitment to you. Support your well-being with free resources such as non-medical counseling and health and wellness coaching.

Supporting Children After Loss
Navigating the death of a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially tough for children. Find support with:

OSBR Access Update
There’s a new way to access your Online Survivor Benefits Report. Instead of using a one-time link, you will be emailed a one-time password. Contact the OSBR Family Assistance Support Team for guidance.

Military In Lasting Tribute
Create a sharable tribute for your service member through the Military In Lasting Tribute online memorial dedicated to honoring those who died while on active duty. Visit the site and invite others to view the memorial.
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Mark Your Calendar
MilTax Software Launch
Jan. 17
Department of Veterans Affairs/Defense Department Survivors Forum
Jan. 26
Gold Star Spouses Day
April 5
Mother’s Day
May 14

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Did You Know?
Consider signing up for these eNewsletters and resources for additional support:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service Survivor Benefit Plan
Army Survivor
Outreach Services
Navy Survivor’s Link
Airforce Families Forever
Marine Corps and Coast Guard: TAPS Magazine

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Casualty Assistance for Survivors
Discover ways to provide feedback on your experience with the Casualty Assistance program.
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