Beyond the scope of services provided by Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, there are many groups, organizations and sources of support for the surviving family members of fallen patriots. Financial assistance, counseling, networking and other opportunities exist for spouses and children. We have compiled a list of such organizations here for your convenience.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SURVIVORS’ AND DEPENDENTS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (DEA)
Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program (Chapter 35, Title 38, U.S.C) offers up to 45 months of education benefits and the benefit is approximately $850 per month. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are currently a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. You will need to complete VA Form 22-5490.
For an application and information on benefits, eligibility, resources and other necessary information, please visit the links below. To apply now, please click here.
Chapter 35 Descriptive Pamphlet
Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistant (VA Form 22-5490)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is available for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. This is a newer program and provides different benefits than Chapter 35.
Chapter 33 General Pamphlet
Chapter 33 Lessons Learned
Chapter 33 Student Checklist
Chapter 33 Veteran Outreach Letter
Mission Statement: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.
Online tool to find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community. Information on over 1,000 scholarship programs is available. Complete the registration form and hit Submit. Click the “See Scholarship first” tab on the right to see a complete listing. The shaded states in the map below have military scholarship programs and are listed alphabetically on the military scholarship finder.
Freedom Alliance sponsors educational and charitable initiatives under three main program areas; The Military Leadership Academy, the Support Our Troops program, and the Freedom Alliance’s Scholarship Fund.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants provide money to college or career school students to help pay their education expenses. However, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants have special eligibility criteria.
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. If your mother or father is active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military personnel or you are the survivor of a deceased member, and you have a military dependent I.D. card you can apply. You must be planning to attend a college or university on a full-time basis.
The Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active service members and their spouses. The Tillman Military Scholars program aids all veterans, specifically the ever-growing population of veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts.
The National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to spouses of uniformed service members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post-secondary or graduate school. Scholarships are normally in the amount of $1,000.00 and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and school room and board.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides college scholarship grants, along with financial aid and educational counseling, to the children of Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident.
Provides free SAT preparation software for military children.
A leading provider of interactive learning products and services, a pioneer in the field of advanced eLearning technology, and the first to convert interactive classroom instruction to multi-media solutions including on-line streaming, DVD ROM.
Operation Opportunity is a nonprofit organization that provides personal mentorship, tutoring, and other forms of assistance to children of fallen service members and veterans in the college application, admissions, and assimilation process.
Small Steps in Speech assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals as well as grants to charitable organizations who serve children with communicative disorders. Our goal is to give children the chance to better express themselves in the world in which we live.
Warrior Gateway is a reliable resource for the military community to quickly locate service organizations that satisfy their needs, identify academic programs they are interested in and easily find employers seeking their valuable skills.
We’ve gathered in-depth information on top-ranked accredited online colleges and created a database search that helps you find a degree program that meets your degree level, category and subject of interest. Here, you can also search between nationally and regionally accredited colleges and learn about the accrediting agencies that fall under these two categories.
Every child possesses unique talents. Our mission is to help each child discover and develop these talents along with the child’s self-esteem. By providing praise, encouragement, guidance and superior academic instruction, our program will result in the child becoming a more confident, responsible and productive adult in society.
The primary mission of GSW is to provide service, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of military personnel who died on active duty or as the result of a service connected cause.
Got Your Back Network connects with military families who have lost a spouse or parent while serving our country. Our goal is to give comfort, answer a special need, offer guidance and bring a brighter day.
TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death. TAPS provides comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and grief and trauma resources.
The Navy SEAL Warrior Fund is a non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of the families of US Navy SEALs who have died while serving our country, or who are presently serving in harm’s way in trouble spots around the world. Funds go to improve the education, health and wellness of the spouses and children of deceased and active duty SEALs.
Assists veterans, widows, widowers and children to receive the full benefits they are entitled to.
Our goal is to help service members, veterans and their families understand and manage their military benefits, so that they receive the support to which they are entitled. When an AFSC member dies, survivors receive immediate support. As knowledgeable authorities on the latest developments in all government benefits, we stand by our members’ dependents for life, to ensure no benefits are overlooked.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families. Supporting these heroes helps repay the debt all Americans owe them for the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation. They are, in the words of our founder, the late Zachary Fisher, “our nation’s greatest national resource,” and they deserve all the help that our nation can provide.
AAFMAA doesn’t just provide Military Life Insurance – we’re here to help you through life’s challenges by offering the right products, at the right time, for the right price. Our special Survivor Assistance Services give peace of mind to you and your family. Not sure where to start? We encourage you to call us toll-free at 1-877-398-2263. Our staff is here to answer your questions, help you choose the right Life Insurance, and guide you through every stage of Military life.
This site is referred to as “The Go To Site and is one of the most comprehensive online directories for active military, national guard, reservists, veterans and their families. There are thousands of pages with something for everyone. Employment and Education are major areas of focus. Users will find thousands of jobs and important articles such as “Interview Questions”. Military Connection is designated as a “Top 100 Employment Web Site”. Education is front and center and there is even a directory with thousands of scholarships. Additionally users will find benefits, news, pay and retirement calculators, articles by top writers, hundreds of databases including every base, hospital, transition office, commissary and more. Military Connection has the honor to work with many wonderful non-profits that provide valuable resources for all. When the next tour of duty is home, it’s on MilitaryConnection.com!
Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to military widows who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter. Military Widow to Military Widow.
Military Online Colleges contains a list of 100 sites dedicated to military service members. It includes all the most fun and informative blogs covering benefits of service members, military education, family life, and overall sites that any current or former service members would find useful.
The Dog Tags for Kids Project is dedicated to helping United States Service men and women in most harm’s way connect with their children at home. Specially engraved Dog Tags in the appropriate service color are provided FREE to the service members for their children. Dog tags are engraved “With Love From Dad,” as well as the branch of service and year.
Snowflake events are designed to be a day of fun for children of fallen military heroes to get out and have a great time with other families. These events are spread out throughout the country.
A Soldier's Child Foundation aims to honor the memory of the parent by giving a meaningful gift to his/her children on their birthday. They want them to know that there are many Americans that are forever grateful for their parent's sacrifice.
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