Gold Star Families, MilKid Support, SBP Changes & More | Sept. 2023

The Survivor Connection eNewsletter
Survivor resources to cope with grief, honor a loved one and connect to benefits.
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Honoring Gold Star Families
On Sept. 24, Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, we honor the proud families whose loved ones died in service to our nation. We offer gold star families our profound respect and admiration. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
Honoring Survivors
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Support After a Suicide
The effects of a suicide and the stigma surrounding it can have a lasting impact on loved ones. In this podcast episode, Dr. Andrew Moon from the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, shares the critical resources designed to support anyone who is exposed to a death by suicide.
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Sesame Street Story for Grief and Healing
The Sesame Street story, "Something Small," follows Elmo and his cousin Jesse as they learn different ways to express grief, heal and remember their loved ones. Read it with your child to help them connect and find comfort.
Read the Story 

Changes to Eligibility Verification for SBP
The Defense Finance Accounting Service simplified eligibility verification requirements and forms for survivors. Survivor Benefit Plan annuitants now only need to verify their eligibility once a year.

New Survivor Resources Page
Military OneSource has a new "I am a Survivor" page that offers information, resources and confidential support options for our military survivor community.

A Lasting Tribute
If your service member died while serving honorably on active duty from 1985 to the present, you can create a tribute to them in the Military In Lasting Tribute online memorial. Visit the memorial to pay your respects and share your tribute with others.
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Upcoming Dates
World Suicide Prevention Day
Sept. 10
Patriot Day
Sept. 11
Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day
Sept. 15
Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day
Sept. 24

The Survivor's Journey Checklist for active-duty service member deaths helps survivors complete the steps needed to obtain the benefits and entitlements they are eligible for.
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