Line of Duty Death Resources
This page contains information and links to organizations that may have resources that may assist the sheriff’s office and survivors of sheriffs/deputy sheriffs killed in-the-line of duty in Virginia. There are different eligibility criteria for each benefit. Survivors may or may not be eligible for these benefits. Please contact the organization directly with any questions about the benefit they offer.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESOURCES
Sheriffs, if you setup a memorial fund account for the fallen deputy sheriff, per Walter Kucharski, Auditor of Public Accounts, do not set the account up in your name or have contributions made payable to you!
Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute
To Ease Distress – Immediate Death Benefit $5,000
Casualty Assistance Plan
Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation
Casualty Assistance Plan/Formality of assisting the family/Funeral service formality
American Police & Sheriffs Association, Inc.
Summary: Assistance to the survivors of officers killed in the line of duty. This assistance is available to the families of any officer killed while in the commission of their duties.
Bureau of Justice Assistance/US DOJ – Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Programs
Summary: A unique partnership 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 law enforcement officers, firefighters, 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.
Social Security Administration
Summary: One time death benefit payment plus monthly death benefits
The Taser Foundation
Summary: Specifically, the TASER Foundation will provide support to the families of those who gave their lives while protecting their communities. Immediate family (spouse and/or dependents) of a sworn active duty U.S. or Canadian law enforcement officer whose life was lost in the line of duty are eligible for benefits.
In order to qualify, the immediate cause of a loss of life must be duty related. Loss of life from a pre-existing medical condition does not qualify. For example, if an officer working an administrative job suffers a heart attack while on duty the case would not be eligible. Grants are available only upon request by the chiefs of police and sheriffs as well as federal law enforcement executives in the name of officers killed in the line of duty since August 1, 2004 in the U.S. and Canada. Checks are made directly payable to the families, but are coordinated through the officer’s department to avoid unnecessary intrusion into the families’ privacy.
Virginia Death Benefit Payment
Summary: Effective January 1, 2006, the beneficiary of a deceased law-enforcement officer whose death occurred while in the line of duty as the direct or proximate result of the performance of his duty shall be entitled to receive the sum of $100,000, which shall be payable out of the general fund of the state treasury, in gratitude for and in recognition of his sacrifice on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth.
Virginia Chapter Concerns of Police Survivors
Summary: Rebuilding the lives of surviving families of fallen law enforcement officers
Virginia Public Safety Foundation
Summary: The mission of this organization (formerly the Silver Star Foundation) is to raise and administer funds for the benefit of the surviving spouses and children (natural, adopted, and stepchildren) of public safety personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The funds provided may be used for assistance as approved by their Board of Trustees, including financial assistance while the family is processing other benefits claims.
(804) 648-6299 x5832
Fallen LEO must be a member of the organizations listed below in order to qualify for benefits
FOP DC Lodge 1 Death Benefit Payment
Summary: Officers who belong to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Jerrard F. Young Lodge DC-1 are entitled to an accidental death benefit regardless of whether the incident occurred on or off duty.
Summary: Members of the National Guard are provided with $50,000 life insurance policy that covers them on and off military duty. Contact the member’s military unit and they will assist in filing the paperwork. The US Army Reserve may be of help if the deceased was a Reservist.
National Rifle Association Line of Duty Death Benefit
Summary: If a deputy, with or without compensation, is feloniously killed in the line of duty (according to government guidelines) and is a current member of the National Rifle Association, the surviving spouse/family is entitled to a $25,000 death benefit.
National Sheriffs’ Association Death Benefits
Amount: $3,000 – $10,000
Summary: The National Sheriffs’ Association provides free accidental death or dismemberment for its members. NSA members (excluding Auxiliary and Retired Paid-Up-For-Life members) receive Free Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, with a $10,000 benefit amount for Sheriffs and a $3,000 benefit amount for others. Coverage is subject to the terms and conditions of the group policy held by NSA.
Southern States PBA Death Benefit Payment
Summary: Base salary for one if year they are killed accidentally or intentionally while performing their law enforcement duties (max. payout-$60,000). The beneficiary will receive $5,000 if it is not an occupational death or if you are retired or a reserve member. (Dues are: $235/yr.)
Woodmen of the World 1st Responders Benefit
Summary: Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a good standing benefit member. First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.
Dignity Memorial Funeral Benefits
Provider: Dignity Memorial Funeral, Cremation, & Cem.
Summary: Provides dignified and honorable tributes, at no cost, for career and volunteer law enforcement officers who fall in the line of duty.
Visit website for list of participating locations. (800) 344-6489
United States Armed Forces Veterans Pension
Provider: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Summary: Many law enforcement officers are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and a number of survivor’s benefits are available to the spouse and children of a deceased veteran. Included in these benefits are: a death pension, funeral expenses, life insurance, and burial plot allowance.
COBRA Health Insurance Requirements
Provider: U.S. Department of Labor
Summary: A federal law known as COBRA (short for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) guarantees that the employer of the deceased officer must make available to the surviving spouse and their dependent children the same type of health insurance as was provided prior to the officer’s death. Coverage is available for up to 36 months and must be paid by the surviving insured. There is no provision in the law for the employer to pay for the health insurance.
Health Benefits Available in Virginia
Summary: Survivors of all Virginia law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty on or after April 8, 1972, are entitled to health insurance coverage.
Details & Applicable Instructions: Survivors of all Virginia law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty on or after April 8, 1972, are entitled to health insurance coverage. For spouses, continued health insurance will terminate upon such spouse’s death or coverage by alternate health insurance. For dependent children, coverage will terminate upon the dependent’s death, marriage, coverage by alternate health insurance, or 21st birthday. Continued health care insurance will be provided beyond the dependent’s 21st birthday if the dependent is a full-time college student and will continue until such time as the dependent ceases to be a full-time student or reaches his 25th birthday, whichever occurs first. Continued health care insurance shall also be provided beyond the dependent’s 21st birthday if the dependent is mentally or physically disabled, and such coverage will continue until three months following the cessation of the disability. The State Comptroller will provide forms to law enforcement agencies so that survivors can make a claim for this benefit, which will be paid by the State. Reference Virginia State Statute 2.1-133.7:1
Federal Workers Comp for Non-Federal Law Enforcement Officers
Provider: U.S. Office of Workers Compensation Programs
Summary: Survivors of local or state law enforcements officers who are killed while arresting a fugitive wanted by, or committing a crime against, the federal government, or by prisoners held on federal charges, may be eligible for federal works comp benefits.
Details & Applicable Instructions: Under certain conditions, benefits may be provided to a non-Federal law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Essentially, these benefits are provided if a state or local law enforcement officer is killed while engaged in the apprehension or attempted apprehension of a person who has committed a crime against the United States or who is being sought by a law enforcement authority of the United States. The benefit also is extended to those killed while engaged in the lawful prevention or lawful attempt to prevent the commission of a crime against the United States. Further, the program encompasses those engaged in protecting or guarding a person held for the commission of a crime against the United States or as a material witness.
Virginia Worker’s Compensation
Provider: Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
Summary: A weekly payment equal to two-thirds of his average weekly wages, but not more than one hundred percent of the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth as defined in section 65.1-54 (currently $451) nor less than twenty-five percent of the average weekly wage as defined therein for a period of 400 weeks, from the date of the injury.
Details & Applicable Instructions: Workers’ Compensation coverage is compulsory for employers in Virginia with 3 or more employees; however, waivers are allowed. 65.1-65. Compensation to dependents of employee killed. If death results from the accident within nine years, the employer shall pay, or cause to be paid, subject, however, to the provisions of the other sections of this act in one of the methods hereinafter provided, to the dependents of the employee wholly dependent upon his earnings for support at the time of the accident a weekly payment equal to two-thirds of his average weekly wages, but not more than one hundred percent of the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth as defined in section 65.1-54 (currently $451) nor less than twenty-five percent of the average weekly wage as defined therein for a period of 400 weeks, from the date of the injury. Except, however, those dependents specified in section 65.1-66 (1), (2) and (3) shall be paid a weekly payment equal to two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wages, but not more than one hundred percent of the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth as defined in section 65.1-54 nor less than twenty-five percent of the average weekly wage as defined therein for a period of 500 weeks from the date of the injury, and burial expenses not exceeding $2,000 and in addition reasonable transportation expenses for the deceased not exceeding $500. If the employee leaves dependents only partly dependent upon his earnings for support at the time of injury, the weekly compensation to be paid, as aforesaid, shall equal the same proportion of the weekly payments for the benefit of persons wholly dependent as the extent of partial dependency bears to total dependency. When compensation to dependents shall begin from the date of the last of such payments but shall not continue more than 400 weeks from the date of the injury except to those dependents specified in section 65.1-66 (1), (2) and (3) to whom compensation shall not continue more than 500 weeks from the date of the injury. 65.1-66. Persons conclusively presumed to be wholly dependent. The following persons shall be conclusively presumed to be dependents wholly dependent for support upon the deceased employee: (1) A wife upon a husband whom she had not voluntarily deserted or abandoned at the time of the accident or with whom she lived at the time of his accident, if she is then actually dependent upon him. (2) A husband upon a wife whom he had not voluntarily deserted at the time of the accident or with whom he lived at the time of her accident if he is then actually dependent upon her. (3) A child under the age of eighteen upon a parent and a child over such age if physically or mentally incapacitated from earning a livelihood or a child under the age of twenty-three if enrolled as a full-time student in any accredited educational institution. (4) Parents in destitute circumstances, provided there be no total dependents pursuant to other provisions of this section. As used in this section, the term “child” shall include a stepchild, a legally adopted child, a posthumous child, and an acknowledged illegitimate child, but shall not include a married child; and the term “parent” shall include stepparents and parents by adoption. 65.2-517. Termination of dependency. For the purpose of this title, the dependence of a widow or widower of a deceased employee shall terminate with death or remarriage, and the amount to be theretofore received by him or her shall be divided among the children or other dependents in the proportion of which they are receiving compensation, and the dependence of a child or any minor dependent, except a child or minor dependent physically or mentally incapacitated from earning a livelihood, or a full-time student, as defined in 65.2-515, shall terminate with the attainment of eighteen (18) years of age.
Educational Benefits to Dependent Children of a Fallen LEO
PSOB Education Benefits
Summary: The 104th Congress of the United States enacted the Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance (FLEDA) Act in 1996 which sets forth the guidelines for educational assistance to the dependents of Federal law enforcement officials who are killed or disabled in the performance of their duties.
Virginia Education Assistance
Provider: State Council of Higher Education of Virginia
Summary: Any child between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five whose parent or any person whose spouse has been killed in the line of duty while employed or serving as a law-enforcement officer in the Commonwealth shall be entitled to free undergraduate tuition and required fees at any public institution of higher education in Virginia.
Details & Applicable Instructions: Free tuition and required fees for children and surviving spouses of law enforcement officers. Any child between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five whose parent or any person whose spouse has been killed in the line of duty while employed or serving as a law-enforcement officer in the Commonwealth shall be entitled to free undergraduate tuition and required fees at any public institution of higher education in Virginia under the following conditions: The chief administrative officer of the law-enforcement agency or the Superintendent of State Police certifies that the deceased parent or spouse was employed or serving as a law-enforcement officer and was killed in the line of duty while serving or living in the Commonwealth; The child or spouse shall have been offered admission to a public institution of higher education. Any child or spouse who believes he is eligible shall apply to the public institution of higher education to which he has been admitted. The institution shall determine the eligibility of the applicant for these benefits and shall also ascertain that the recipients are in attendance and are making satisfactory progress. The amounts charged for tuition and required fees for the applicants shall be waived by the institution accepting the students. User fees, such as room and board charges, shall not be included in the authorization to waive tuition and fees. However, all required fees, educational and auxiliary, shall be waived along with tuition. To apply for the tuition waiver, applicants need a copy of the original letter from the State of Virginia awarding line-of-duty death benefits, a copy of the death certificate, and a copy of the marriage license. These items should be taken to the Office of the Registrar at the public institution where the applicant has been admitted and the Registrar may refer to Virginia State Statute 23-7.1:01.
Summary: Provides educational assistance to surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Charles Homer Barton Scholarship
Provider: The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Summary: The Charles Homer Barton Scholarship was established for the dependent children of police officers who are employed by the Fairfax County Police Department and the Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office and Loudoun County police departments. Scholarship awards will be made with consideration for academic achievement and community service. Primary attention will be given to children of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
Details & Applicable Instructions: The scholarship is open to the legally dependent children of police officers who are employed by the Fairfax County, VA Police Department and the Loudoun County, VA Sherriff’s Office and the police departments in Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville. Primary attention will be given to children of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The scholarship is for undergraduate education at a two or four year accredited college or university. Applicants can be high school seniors or currently enrolled college students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents. The scholarship selection committee will consider both academic achievement and community service. The application requires a high school transcript, a college transcript (for current college students), SAT/ACT scores and one reference. All documents can be uploaded to the online application, and the reference is completed through an online request. There is one essay question.
Fraternal Order of Eagles Financial Assistance
Provider: Fraternal Order of Eagles
Summary: Through their Memorial Foundation, the Eagles provide financial assistance for surviving children of full-time law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty who were also active members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at the time of their death.
HEROES Inc. Death Benefit Payment & Scholarship
Summary: HEROES, Inc. provides a check to survivors within 24 hours of a line of duty death. They also provided additional financial assistance and scholarship opportunities.
Details & Applicable Instructions: HEROES, Inc. was founded in 1964 as a totally nonprofit volunteer organization incorporated in the District of Columbia under Charitable Registration Certificate No. 6-07- 398 to serve the surviving families of all officers within the Metropolitan Washington, DC, area (The District of Columbia, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia). Within 24 hours of an officer’s death, a check is delivered to the family to be used for immediate emergency expenses. At a later date, usually within two to four weeks, the surviving spouse will meet with the HEROES Executive Committee to identify other personal areas where financial assistance is needed. A comprehensive scholarship program is available to ensure that each child can receive an education of his or her choice.
Knights of Columbus Scholarship
Summary: Scholarships are available to children of members of the Order, who, as a result of criminal violence, lost their lives or became totally and permanently disabled while in the lawful performance of their duties as full-time law enforcement officers.
National Rifle Association
The Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship Awards Program
Named for the late Columbus, Ohio, police officer, shooting champion, and NRA Director, this program offers college scholarships of up to $1,000 per semester (up to $2,000 per year for a maximum of four years) to dependent children of any public law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty who was an NRA member at the time of death, and to dependent children of any current or retired law enforcement officers who are living and have current NRA membership. Deadline for applications is November 15th annually. Complete and submit the application via the web link by clicking on applications. To request your personal reference letter questionnaires please send an e-mail request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and postal address; we will forward the sealed reference letter envelopes to you for distribution. Should you have any additional questions please contact us at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call 1-800-554-9498.
Purple Heart Educational Benefits
Provider: Military Order of the Purple Heart
Summary: Membership restricted to “Purple Heart” recipients. Educational benefits for surviving children available. 2.5 GPA required.
Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) Scholarship
Provider: The IACP Foundation
Amount: $1000 to $2500
Summary: The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependent family members by helping to defray educational costs for undergraduate or graduate studies. Application deadline for 2012 is June 1.
http://www.theiacp.org/Foundation/Programs/SELECTScholarshipsforSurvivors/tabid/531/Default.aspx 800-843-4227 x367
Details & Applicable Instructions: One of the most rewarding of the IACP Foundation’s programs is the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) scholarship program, which was established to recognize the contribution made by law enforcement officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependant family members by helping to defray educational costs for undergraduate or graduate studies. Through the generosity of our donors, three scholarships are available for award for the 2012-2013 academic year: the Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship ($1000), the Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship ($1000), and the IACP Foundation Scholarship ($2500).