AFSA's Key Legislative Issues: Caring for Survivors
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”
- President Abraham Lincoln
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Each Memorial Day, the United States remembers service members who lost their lives in service to the nation. It is also important to remember the families whom fallen service members have left behind, and their tremendous sacrifice for the nation.
When a service member falls in the line of duty, families receive “casualty assistance” that includes in-person notification, help with applying for benefits and entitlements, and help with other tasks such as making funeral arrangements and obtaining copies of completed investigation reports on the service member’s death. In addition, each military service provides long-term support throughout survivors’ lifetimes.
A crucial piece of the AFSA's lobbying efforts is to protect the benefits received by military survivors following the tragic passing of their loved ones.
Enlisted in this edition of the 116th Congressional AFSA Legislative List is a compilation of legislative items pertinent to our Legislative Platform’s “Caring for Survivors” Focus Group.
AFSA’s Legislative Lists serve as an effective key that will unlock the doors to a more receptive polity and well-informed populous.
Support rendered to the legislative program by members of the AFSA is essential to the success in reaching our goals.
On the national level, well-timed letters, emails, and phone calls in response to solicited requests and calls for action can make the difference between legislative failure and success. On the local and state level, such communication is no less important.
If you have any additional questions about any of the pieces of legislation contained in this Legislative List, please feel free to reach out to our Military and Government Relations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.