SOCIAL SECURITY HELPS SURVIVORS OF
FALLEN MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS
Families of fallen military service members bear significant burdens from the loss of their loved one. Lives are changed forever. Aside from the emotional devastation, the financial hardships placed on such families can be difficult. Often, if a death occurs, a two-income household must make do with one income.
Social Security provides income for surviving families of military service members. Monthly benefits may be paid to widows or widowers and unmarried children who are younger than age 18 (or up to age 19 if they are attending elementary or secondary school full time).
On Memorial Day and every day, Social Security holds the highest respect for all who have given their lives in defense of our nation. We at Social Security can never replace the love and life that has been lost. However, we can and do honor armed forces members who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and in many cases, we are able to help families financially. For more information visit www.socialsecurity.gov