The goal of the Air Force Families Forever program is to link families of fallen Airmen to their Air Force Family for as long as they desire, to promote survivor resilience, thereby fostering survivor well-being.
Long-term support to surviving Air Force family members is based on Section 562 of the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 109-163). Support is provided by local installation Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) specialists following an Airman’s death.
Since its creation in 2010, the Air Force Families Forever program has ensured all surviving next-of-kin to an Airman who died on active duty received specific outreach in the first year after the Airman’s passing. This outreach to spouses, children and parents is conducted at designated increments in the year following an Airman’s death. Outreach to family members consists of an initial condolence letter with additional supporting information and resources.
Commanders are encouraged to include surviving Air Force family members in installation activities such as: Air Shows, spouse luncheons, VIP visits and holiday activities.
All Air Force surviving next-of-kin are authorized to wear the Next-of-Kin Deceased Personnel Lapel Button, authorized by Congress in 1973
In 2017, the Air Force Gold Star Family Program was created to provide enhanced life-long Air Force connectivity to Gold Star families, including information & referral, support, and assistance with obtaining an installation access card.
Gold Star families are surviving family members of those who died while:
Eligible family members are authorized to wear the Gold Star lapel button. See 10 U.S. Code § 1126 – “Gold star lapel button: eligibility and distribution.”
Air Force Families Forever
550 C Street W
JBSA-Randolph AFB, TX 78150
The Gold Star and Surviving Family Member (GSSFM) Representative is the Air Force advocate for surviving family members, created by Section 633 of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 113-66). This representative is available to provide support and address complaints by spouses and other dependents of deceased Airmen regarding casualty assistance or receipt of benefits authorized by law.
Contact the Air Force GSSFM Representative-
Phone: 703-697-2392, DSN: 227-2392