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Applying for Federal Benefits

 


The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Act is a partnership effort between the U.S. Department of Justice and local, state, tribal and federal public safety agencies to provide death and education benefits to the families of officers killed in the line of duty. 

WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE PSOB PROGRAM?

The PSOB Program applies to certain public officers who are killed or catastrophically injured as a direct or proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty.

Eligible employees include:

For a full list of eligible employees, please see 42 U.S.C. § 3796b of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act of 1976.

HOW DO I FILE A CLAIM?

The claim must be filed within three (3) year of the officer’s death.  Fill out the following forms:

The following documents are also required:

A checklist of required documents with Step-by-Step directions can be found at the PSOB Program’s website.

WHERE DO I SEND THE CLAIM?

You can file your claim online, or submit it by mail, email, or fax:

Mail:        Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Office
              Bureau of Justice Assistance
              Office of Justice Programs
              810 Seventh Street, NW
              Fourth Floor
              Washington, DC  20531

Email:      askPSOB@usdoj.gov
Fax:        (202) 616-0314
Contact:  Ms. Valerie Neal (202) 307-0635

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS GIVEN FOR A DEATH CLAIM?

The Bureau of Justice Assistance shall pay a benefit of $323,035.75 not to exceed $5,000,000 in total annual benefits, to be adjusted on October 1 of each fiscal year.  For the most up to date benefits award, click here.

WHAT ARE EDUCATION BENEFITS?

PSOB provides support for higher education to eligible spouses and children of public safety officers who died or were catastrophically injured in the line of duty. For additional information on how to file an Education Claim, visit www.psob.gov or call the PSOB Call Center toll-free at 1-888-744-6513, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. eastern time.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR EDUCATION BENEFITS FROM PSOB?

Education benefits are available to a dependent who attends a qualified education program and is either the child of an eligible public service officer or the spouse of the officer at the time of the officer’s death.

For more information, please see 42 U.S.C. § 3796b-1.

WHAT EDUCATION PROGRAMS QUALIFY?

The term “program of education” means any curriculum or any combination of unit courses or subjects pursued at an eligible education institution, which generally is accepted as necessary to fulfill requirements for the attainment of a predetermined and indentified educational, professional or vocational objective. The education institution must be one

For more information, please see 42 U.S.C. § 3796d-6(2) and (3).

WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS TO THESE BENEFITS?

There are certain limitations that may prevent an officer or his beneficiaries from receiving these benefits, including:

For more information, please see 42 U.S.C. § 3796(f) and (j) and § 3796a.  

WHO IS CONSIDERED A BENEFICIARY?

A beneficiary is the spouse at the time of the death or injury and/or a child of the officer.  The term “child” means any natural, illegitimate, adopted or posthumous child or stepchild of the deceased or injured public safety officer who, at the time of the death or injury, is

For more information, please see 42 U.S.C. § 3796b(3).

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Office
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW.
Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20531

Phone: 202-307-0635
Toll Free: 1-888-SIGNL12 (744-6513)
Fax: 202-616-0314
Email: AskPSON@usdoj.gov
          Website: www.psob.gov

HELPFUL LINKS

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Programs’ website
Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Nothing on this website should be construed as legal advice, as it is not intended as such.