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Family Benefits

Victims of Crime Act Benefits

  •  The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) supports state programs to provide compensation and
    assistance to victims of federal and state crimes.
  •  For firefighters, this would generally include deaths that involved arson, homicide, or other
  •  Each state administers a crime victim compensation program that provides financial assistance.
  •  The compensable costs and amounts vary from state to state.
  •  Medical costs
  •  Funeral and burial costs
  •  Mental health counseling

Compensation is only paid when other financial resources, such as private insurance, do not cover the expenses.

  •  Visit the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime website at for a complete list of all services and contact
    information on offices throughout the United States and its territories. See for a direct link to your state’s information.
  • Call toll free at 1-800-851-3420 to order printed resources from DOJ.

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits

A unique effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Programs provide death and education benefits to survivors of fallen firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The PSOB Office at the Bureau of Justice Assistance is honored to review the nearly 700 claims submitted each year on behalf of America’s fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones. Visit for details regarding PSOB’s death, disability, and educational assistance programs.