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Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB)

A unique effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

The BJA PSOB Office is honored to review the more than 1000 claims submitted each year on behalf of America's fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones.

for more information or to submit a PSOB claim, click HERE to visit their website

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ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT   from the State of Louisiana
Covers firefighters who died as a result of an injury arising out of and in the course of performance of official duties or arising out of any activity on or off duty in the capacity of a firefighter. In any case in which a firefighter suffers death as a result of any injury arising out of and in the course of the performance of his official duties as such firefighter, or arising out of any activity, while on or off duty, in his capacity as a firefighter, in the protection of life or property, the sum of $250,000 shall be paid to the surviving spouse of each officer or, if not survived by a spouse, the sum of $250,000 shall be paid to the surviving child or children or, if not survived by a spouse nor a child or children, then the sum of $250,000 shall be paid to the named beneficiary listed on the firefighterís beneficiary designation form or, if there is no designation form at the time of the firefighterís death, and no surviving spouse nor a child or children, then the sum of $250,000 shall be paid to the officerís estate. Each firefighter shall complete a beneficiary designation form. In addition, if the firefighter is survived by (a) dependent child(ren), the sum of $25,000 shall be paid for each of the dependent children, such sums to be paid by the duly appointed and qualified tutor or the legal representative of the child or children. Unmarried children are eligible until age 18, age 23 if full-time student, or longer if disabled and incapable of self-support. Presumption: death by heart attack or a stroke shall be presumed to be the direct and proximate result of an injury sustained in the performance of oneís official duties.

Law Enforcement Officers and Firemenís Survivor Benefit Review Board
P.O. Box 2391
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2391
Phone: 225-326-6127

(Reference: Revised Statutes 40:1665, 40:1665.1, 40:1665.2, & 40:1665.3)
For Additional Benefits   Visit These Sites

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation  click  HERE
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB)  click  HERE
(this is the Federal Death Benefit)
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