Death notification


Death notification

A death notification is a letter delivered to the family of a soldier or public service member who has died on duty. Usually, the Military of the United States withholds the name of a deceased member until the family has been notified.

For military notifications, there are usually three persons involved: the notifying officer, a medic (in case the family member faints), and an officer that stays in the car in case the family members react violently.

In the wake of being notified of a loved one's death, the heirs often must settle the deceased's affairs. This can entail locating financial assets owned by the deceased.


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