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What kind of death benefits are provided to spouses whose sponsor dies while on active duty?  
Family members of military personnel who die on active duty are eligible to receive several types of federal benefits. These benefits are paid to the surviving spouse and children regardless of economic need, except in the case of a nonservice-connected death pension where certain restrictions apply. These death benefits may include (but are not limited to): a death gratuity (lump sum amount to help survivors meet any immediate expenses incurred); Service member’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI); the Soldier’s unpaid pay and allowances; the ability to continue occupying government housing for a period of 180 days (provided the member’s death was in the line-of-duty) or the comparable Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) during that time if the family is not residing in government housing; Social Security benefits, as well as certain medical benefits, educational benefits and base privileges that may be extended to the surviving spouse and/or family members. Contact the nearest Army Casualty Assistance Office for more information.
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