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Coast Guard Boston Decedent Affairs pages

Coast Guard Boston Decedent Affairs pages –http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/dcms.uscg.afpims.mil/Our-Organization/Director-of-Operational-Logistics-DOL/Bases/Base-Boston/Personnel-Support-Department/Decedent-Affairs/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What seven things MUST be reported within FOUR hours of the death of a Coast Guard Member?
  • What must be documented by the officer notifying next of kin of the death of a Coast Guard Member?
  • Under what circumstances must a next of kin receive a visit from a Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO)?
  • What happens during a Coast Guard CACO notification visit?
  • How many people are sent to visit next of kin?

Description:

Provides information on procedures followed by the Coast Guard and other military services when an active duty member or dependent dies.

Links to the following resources, among others:

  • Statement of Disposition of Remains – States reimbursement maximums for internment of a military member.
  • CACO Handbook – Reference for Casualty Assistance Calls Officers
  • Casualty Assistance Guide – Reference for Next of Kin upon death of an active duty member
  • Checklist for DAO’s and CACO’s – For death of a regular or reserve member
  • Checklist for Dependent Death
  • CACO Actions broken into phases A through D – Actions/documents to review broken down into 4 time periods from notification to 2 months after death, many tabs in document.
  • Veterans Affairs – Burials and Memorials
  • Personnel Casualty Report Message – Reference to assist with writing message.
  • Personal Effects Inventory and Disposition – Sample Form CG-3853.
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