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Does VA ever provide bereavement (grief) counseling to families of active duty service members killed in action?

Published 03/17/2006 09:07 AM   |    Updated 11/05/2012 04:51 PM
Does VA ever provide bereavement (grief) counseling to families of active duty service members killed in action?
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers bereavement counseling to parents, spouses and children of Armed Forces personnel who died in the service of their country. Also eligible are family members of reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty. VA's bereavement counseling is provided at community-based Vet Centers located near the families. There is no cost for VA bereavement counseling. Services are obtained by contacting Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) at 202-273-9116 or via electronic mail at vet.center@hq.med.va.gov both of which are specific to this specialized service. RCS staff will assist families in contacting the nearest Vet Center. For further information, please visit http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/Bereavement_Counseling.asp

For more information regarding services available to returning Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom visit http://www.oefoif.va.gov/