How We Help
The U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund was formed exclusively for charitable and educational disbursements of its funds to the surviving family members of active United States Marshals, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Marshals Service employees, and Special Deputy U.S. Marshals who are killed in the line of duty. Within 24 hours of a line of duty death, money is given to the surviving family to help with funeral costs and other expenses.
Sadly, on May 29th, 2014, the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund suffered its first loss since our founding.
Special Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank McKnight succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck by a vehicle while on duty outside of the U.S. District Courthouse in Providence, Rhode Island.
Frank was a Rhode Island National Guard veteran and had served with the United States Marshals Service as a court security officer for 13 years. He had previously retired from the North Kingstown Police Department as a lieutenant with 25 years of service. Within 24 hours of his death, a representative of the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund was in Rhode Island to hand-deliver Frank’s wife a benefit check.
In addition to the immediate death assistance payments made by the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund, surviving spouses and dependent children are eligible for education benefit grants from the Fund. Government scholarships and similar private programs are an excellent way for family members to gain access to higher education after a line of duty death. The Fund stands ready to provide financial assistance to help with costs not covered by other sources.
GOVERNMENT/AGENCY DEATH BENEFITS PAYABLE TO SURVIVORS
In addition to the immediate death benefit assistance the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund provides the families of our fallen heroes, certain death benefits are payable to the surviving spouse, or next of kin, under the federal order of precedence: stated beneficiary, widow/widower, child, parent, and executor; in that order.
FLEOA Foundation: Once notified of a Line of Duty death, the FLEOA Foundation will provide an immediate One Time death benefit based upon need. Please visit our friends at the FLEOA Foundation at www.fleoafoundation.org for more information.
Public Safety Officers' Benefit (PSOB): The PSOB is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and pays a benefit when a law enforcement officer loses their life in the line of duty and is survived by a spouse, child or parent. The current benefit is $339,881.00 for deaths occurring after October 1, 2015 and is adjusted annually for inflation. To learn more about the PSOB, visit www.psob.gov
Public Safety Officers' Educational Assistance Program (PSOEA): The PSOEA is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and provides educational assistance to eligible survivors of public safety officers who die or are totally disabled as a result of an adversarial action or traumatic injury in the line of duty. This benefit includes allowances for room, board, tuition, books and supplies. To learn more about the PSOEA, visit PSOEA website at www.psob.gov/file_education_claim.html
Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act: Pays the transportation and moving expenses attributable to a change of residence within the United States of the immediate family of a deceased federal law-enforcement officer who dies as a result of personal injury sustained in the performance of duties, as well as expenses of preparing and transporting the remains of the deceased to where the family will reside. The employing agency will assist the family members in receiving these benefits.
Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Benefits: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will pay death benefits to the surviving spouse and children of employees covered by FERS. Information on these benefits can be found at www.opm.gov/retirement-services/fers-information/survivors
Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) Benefits: Like FERS, OPM offers death benefits to employees covered by CSRS. Information on these benefits can be found at www.opm.gov/retirement-services/csrs-information/survivors
Thrift Savings Plan: Should death occur before the account balance has been distributed, the account balance will be paid out according to the Designation of Beneficiary Form TSP-3 on file with the TSP. If no beneficiary form is on-file, the federal order of precedence will be followed. To report a participant's death, go to www.tsp.gov/LifeEvents/personal/death/index.html
U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund Pipes and Drums
In addition to helping the children and families of our fallen heroes, the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund provides support to programs that honor and commemorate those who have died in the line of duty. One such program is the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund Pipes and Drums. The Pipes and Drums Band is comprised of active Deputy U.S. Marshals who volunteer their time and talents to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Pipes and Drums serve as the staple of memorial and fundraising events across the country.