Updated March 15, 2010Program Description
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB), administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, provides a one-time death benefit to eligible survivors of federal, state or local public safety officer who die in the line of duty. The program also provides disability benefits to eligible public safety officers who become permanently disabled as the result of a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty.
General Eligibility Requirements
Eligible beneficiaries include, in order: spouses; children; individuals designated as PSOB beneficiaries or life insurance beneficiaries on file with the public safety agency at the time of the officer's death; or surviving parents. Children include any natural, out-of-wedlock, adopted or posthumous child, or stepchild who is 18 years old or younger. Children between the ages of 18 and 22 may be eligible if a full-time student at the time of the officer's death, and children over 18 who are incapable of self-support at the time of the officer's death.
In general, PSOB claims must be filed within three years of the public safety officer's death. For claims that fall outside of this filing period, you may call the PSOB Office directly at 1-888-744-6513.
How to Apply
For information on applying for death benefits, visit: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/psob/psob_death.html
For information on applying for disability benefits, visit: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/psob/psob_disability.html
Persons with questions on applying for benefits may call the PSOB Office directly at 1-888-744-6513.
Additional Benefits: Persons who have applied for either death or disability benefits under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program may also apply for educational benefits offered under the Public Safety Officers' Education Assistance Program (PSOEA).