To link families of fallen Airmen to their Air Force Family promoting
Survivor resilience, thereby fostering well-being and connectedness.
Connecting…Always a part of the Air Force Family.
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 receive 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 and 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 Surviving Family Member 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 Representative
Phone: 703-697-2392, DSN: 227-2392
TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Services or as a result of their service.
To find out more information about TAPS, call their 24-hour helpline at 800-959-8277 or visit their website at https://www.taps.org/