Casualty and Survivor Assistance
Initial Online Survivor Benefits Reports (OSBR)
When a Service member in active status dies, the Casualty Assistance Officer (CAO) provides an initial OSBR to eligible surviving spouses and guardians of eligible family members. The initial OSBR summarizes current financial benefits and projects future benefits from all federal sources, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Interactive Online Survivor Benefits Report
The interactive OSBR is a financial planning tool, available to surviving spouses and dependent children of Service members who died while on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. The interactive OSBR projects anticipated “milestone” events, such as children turning 18 and aging out of dependency. In addition, the interactive OSBR includes updated benefit amounts such as annual cost-of-living-increases, other legislative changes and provides benefit amount information projections under "What If" scenarios, (i.e. what is the effect of remarriage, what is the effect on my Social Security Benefits if I start or stop working). The interactive OSBR provides survivors current and projected income streams from federal sources and uses real time data. A DS Logon premium account is required to access the OSBR.
Related Fact Sheets
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Servicemember is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.