Healing after the loss of a loved one

Whether it’s the loss of a battle buddy or the passing of a family member, dealing with a death can be difficult. For some Veterans, grief can interfere with everyday life. There are ways to overcome challenges related to the loss of a friend or family member. Hear from Veterans who reached out for support and discovered ways to heal.





Check the “VA on Bereavement” page for complete descriptions and understand, with answers to questions like:

What should I know about experiencing the death of family or friends?

What should I keep an eye out for after the loss of a friend or family member?

What can I do after losing a friend or family member?


When the end comes, these are some of the things you have to take care of for your loved one.

eBenefiits                     (if receiving a disability claim) https://www.ebenefits.va.gov 1-800-827-1000,   When asked state,  “Reporting the death of a veteran.”
Medicaire https://www.medicare.gov Make sure you have the person’s Social Security Number.
Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778).
 My Pay                        (if retired military) https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx http;//www,dfas.mil/retired military/survivors/Retiree-death.html
 Soc Sec http://www.socialsecurity.gov Make sure you have the person’s Social Security Number. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, OR  at the site http://www.socialsecurity.gov click MENU  then Survivors for the information when one of us dies.







A better life is here!

Our SELF-HELP page has 80+ vital services for you. PLEASE - Spread the word. Everyone deserves to know the help they can get at www.KnowAVet.org 

Other Resources

In addition to the above, there may be additional Federal, State and Local Government resources for you.  Your counselor, especially if s/he is a VSO counselor should be able to able to help you find them.
Learn more about what it feels like to live a better life.  Go to our "Self-Help page" to begin to explore other issues that can bring you All The Way Home.
Be sure to check out the "Claims and Appeals" topic to maximize your compensation and benefits for yourself and your loved ones.
It's your turn to get your best life back! You EARNED it with your service!