Navy Gold Star Program

Navy Gold Star is the Navy’s official program for providing long-term support to surviving families of Sailors who pass while on Active Duty.

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If you are visiting this page because you are a surviving family member of a deceased service member, please accept our most heartfelt sympathy and gratitude for your loved one’s service and sacrifice in defending our nation.

Navy Gold Star services provide support to surviving family member of Sailors who died on Active Duty, no matter the cause of death. Survivors will remain part of the Navy Family and are welcome at any Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) to receive authorized assistance for as long as they desire. We do not discriminate between service affiliations, our goal is to help any Survivor who requests assistance. This may be as easy as connecting them with their own service’s Survivor Assistance Program, giving them references, or becoming their case manager.

Personnel eligible for this program are the widow, parents, and the next of kin. The term “next of kin” includes children (including natural, step-children, and children through adoption), brothers, sisters, half-brothers, and half-sisters.

Some services provided to Survivors:

  • Survivor Benefits Programs (SBP)
  • Plan and implement of short and long term financial goals
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Employment Resources
  • Gold Star Survivor Card
  • Education and Training Benefits

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