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Special Feature: Law Enforcement Resources - Public Safety Officers' Benefits Programs

About the Program

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. Death benefits are provided in the form of a one-time financial payment to the eligible survivors of public safety officers whose deaths are the direct and proximate result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty or certain eligible heart attacks or strokes. The amount of the current PSOB benefit is $333,604.68 for eligible deaths that occurred on or after October 1, 2013.

Disability benefits are provided for public safety officers who have been permanently and totally disabled by a catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty if that injury permanently prevents the officer from performing any gainful work.

Education benefits through PSOB’s Public Safety Officers’ Educational Assistance (PSOEA) program are provided in the form of financial assistance for higher education for the spouses and children of federal, state, and local public safety officers who have been permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Educational assistance through PSOEA is only available to the spouse or children of a public safety officer after the PSOB death or disability claim process has been completed and benefits have been awarded. The educational assistance may be used to defray relevant expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other education-related costs.

Publications

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program Fact Sheet
(English or en Espanol)
Bureau of Justice Assistance, April 2011

Public Safety Officers' Benefits: Educational Assistance Program Fact Sheet
Bureau of Justice Assistance, April 2011

Attorney General's Guide to the Hometown Heroes Survivors' Benefits Act
U.S. Department of Justice, April 2010

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