Soldier with his back turned

    • 97% of surviving spouses are women; 50% earn less than $50,000 per year; 30% are homemakers; 13% are unemployed.


    • Since 2001, nearly 10,000 men and women have died while deployed in the combat zone, leaving behind thousands of spouses and children.


    • Limited government funding exists to support surviving families in their critical transition to civilian life.


    • The average funding gap faced by surviving spouses and children across all levels of education is $7,500 per year.