Since September 11, 2001, approximately 16,000 servicemembers have died on active duty status from causes including accidents, combat deaths, illnesses, suicide and homicide. There is extensive bereavement research within civilian populations; however, there is little structured research involving servicemembers and the impact on their families.

This research aims to study the impact of a U.S. servicemember deaths on surviving family members. Research is conducted by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Every family grieves differently. These unique perspectives may offer insight into the study of understanding grief and helping MilFams work through these reactions and feelings.

Participating in this study offers therapeutic results in sharing your experiences and changes taking place in you and your family’s life after the death of a servicemember.

If you are a parent/step-parents/adoptive/legal guardians; siblings/step-siblings; spouse/ex-spouse; child/step-child whose related servicemember has died by on active duty status in the U.S. Military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, & Coast Guard — active, guard & reserve) on or after September 11, 2001, you are able to participate in the National Military Family Bereavement Study.

Elements of the study range from completing questionnaires to being interviewed by USUHS researchers. For each part of the study you complete, you’ll receive a VISA gift card.

For more information, or to register for the study, visit the National Military Family Bereavement Study Website at

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