Active Duty Service Member:
Bereavement (grief) counseling is available at VA Vet Centers to all family members of a Service Member who dies while on active duty. This includes spouses, children, parents, and siblings of the deceased. Contact the Veterans Administration at 202-461-6530 to access bereavement counseling.
If a veteran dies unexpectedly, or while participating in a VA hospice or similar program, the immediate family members are eligible for bereavement counseling if they have already been receiving family support services in connection with the veteran’s treatment plan. This bereavement counseling may be authorized only up to 60 days, unless an extension is approved by a VA medical center director. To access this bereavement counseling, contact the Social Work Service at the nearest VA medical center.