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Surviving Spouse Resources and Links

These guides, links, and websites are in addition to the wide range of products available through MOAA for surviving spouses. Please visit MOAA.org or MOAA's Surviving Spouse page to learn more about these materials; learn more about joining MOAA here

 

Jump to Suggested Reading or Survivor Organizations.

 

HEALTH CARE LINKS

 

 

SURVIVOR BENEFITS LINKS

 


VA BENEFITS LINKS

 

 

FINANCIAL LINKS

 

FINANCIAL COUNSELING

 

There are numerous resources available related to financial counseling.

 

 

SOCIAL SECURITY

Information regarding social security, including how to report a death, as well as benefits for survivors can be found here.

 

SCAMS

 

It is important to be aware of different types of scams, to have preventive measures in place to avoid them, and to know what steps to take if you have been scammed More resources.

 


 

SURVIVORS' ORGANIZATIONS

 

Organizations that support Surviving Spouses, Surviving Children, the Wounded/Disabled, and Caregivers

 

PARENTS

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
Give an Hour
Gold Star Dads
Gold Star Fathers
Grandparents Visitation Rights Guide
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

 

CAREGIVERS

 

Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Gary Sinise Foundation
Give an Hour
Operation Family Fund
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN

 

A Soldier’s Child Foundation
Anchors Scholarship Foundation
Angels of America’s Fallen
Armed Services YMCA
The Army Scholarship Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters “Operation BIGS”
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Give an Hour
Honoring Our Fallen
MOAA Scholarships
Navy Gold Star Program
Snowball Express
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Veterans United Foundation Scholarship for Surviving Spouses and Children

 

SURVIVING SPOUSES

 

American Widow Project
Gary Sinise Foundation
Give an Hour
Gold Star Awareness
Gold Star Pins
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
Guide On
Honoring Our Fallen
Hope for the Warriors
Military One Source
Military Warriors Support Foundation
National Military Family Association
Navy Gold Star Program
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Operation Family Fund
Society Of Military Widows
Survivor Outreach Services
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
The Fallen Heroes Project
VA Benefits for Veterans’ Spouses, Dependents, and Survivors
Veterans United Foundation Scholarship for Surviving Spouses and Children

 

WOUNDED

 

EOD Warrior Foundation
Gary Sinise Foundation
Give an Hour
Operation Family Fund
Operation Home Front
Operation Ward 57
SEAL Legacy Foundation

 

SUGGESTED READING

 

GRIEF AND LOSS

A Grief Observed C.S. Lewis
A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First Five Years
 Kristin Meekhof and James Windell
Getting Past What You'll Never Get Over John E. Westfall
Healing A Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies Bonnie Carroll and Alan D. Wolfelt PhD
Here If You Need Me: A True Story
 Kate Braestrup
Heaven is for Real Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies Theresa A Rando, PhD
I Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye Brook Noel, Pamela Blair PhD
Life After Loss Bob Deits
Live, Love, and Let Go
 James K. Abshire MD
Military Widow: A Survival Guide Joanne M. Steen
On Death and Dying Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, Love Again Christina Rasmussen
Stitches Anne Lamott
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
 Harold S. Kushner
When God Winks Squire Rushnell
Why Are the Casseroles Always Tuna? Darcie Sims

 

DEATH OF A CHILD

Lament for a Son Nicholas Wolterstorff
The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child Barbara D. Rosof

 

SUICIDE

 

After Suicide Loss Bob Baugher and Jack Jordan
Making Peace With Suicide: A book of Hope, Understanding and Comfort Adele Ryan McDowell PhD

 

FINANCIAL

 

A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First Five Years Kristin Meekhof and James Windell
Financial Strategies for Today's Widow: Coping with the Economic Challenges of Losing a Spouse David Latko