Casualty Operations

Casualty Operations

Casualty Operations is a function of the 88th RSC's Directorate of Human Resources.

The 88th RSC is responsible for Casualty Notification and Casualty Assistance as well as Military Funeral Honors.

When a Soldier in an active duty status, Retiree, or special category DA Civilian dies, the Casualty Notification and Assistance Program is engaged starting by dispatching a Soldier and a Chaplain to notify the family.

After notification, an Assistance Officer is assigned to each Family. This Soldier provides compassionate assistance for families in a broad range of areas.

Assistance provided to Family Members includes, but is not limited to: transportation; explaining and assisting in applying for an receiving benefits and entitlements; obtaining copies of official records, reports and investigations; legal matters (including tax issues); receipt of personal effects; burial expenses; injury, mortuary and funeral honors assistance; relocation assistance (including shipment of household goods); liaison assistance with other federal agencies; information and referral, including coordinating with outside agencies such as benevolent and philanthropic agencies; as well as emotional and spiritual support.

Military Funeral Honors is a ceremonial paying of respect to the veteran's Family. An honor guard detail of at least two members of the military will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony which includes the playing of Taps and the folding and presentation of the American Flag to the next of kin.

Points of Contact

88th RSC Chief of Casualty Operations
Dawn Blanchard

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