Federal Death Benefit for Fallen Officers, Firefighters, and First Responders Increased to $339,310 for 2015

The federal death benefit under the Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB) Program for our heroes who die or are killed in the line of duty death has been increased to $339,310 for 2015 (including those deaths occurring on or after October 1, 2014).  PSOB programs provide death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, as well as disability benefits to those catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

Line of duty death benefits are payable to eligible survivors (including spouses, domestic partners, children, or parents).  Deaths from heart attacks and strokes are presumed to have occurred in the line of duty under the expanded Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act.  Spouses and children of fallen public safety officers are also eligible for financial support for college and higher education costs.  Additionally, a disability benefit is payable to public safety officers injured in the line of duty and permanently prevented from performing any gainful work in the future.

You can access additional information concerning the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Public Safety Officer Benefits Programs by clicking here: https://www.psob.gov

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