If you have been impacted by the recent hurricanes and are looking for more information, or to apply for assistance, please visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Thanks to Our First Responders

Reflecting on this past month’s recognition of national preparedness, in addition to the wide-spread response to the impact of recent natural disasters, Benefits.gov is acknowledging the service and bravery of our community first responders. We understand the importance in recognizing those men and women who work and volunteer around the clock to ensure public safety where we live. On Benefits.gov, these emergency personnel can find many assistance programs specific to them and their families. A few of these programs include:

  • State Fire Training Systems Grants, which provides financial assistance to firefighters and emergency rescue personnel looking to take additional National Fire Academy courses to deepen their skills and further their careers;
  • Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program provides a benefit to the eligible survivors of Federal, state, or local public safety officers whose injury was sustained in the line of duty. This program also provides a disability benefit to eligible public safety officers who have been permanently disabled by an injury sustained in the line of duty;
  • Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) is a contributory retirement system for certain Federal employees. Eligibility for this program is based on age and service requirements.

For citizens looking for ways to give back and help keep their communities safe, there are many ways to volunteer. Ready.gov provides an extensive list of local opportunities from Medical Reserve Corps, Fire Corps and more.

We thank all our first responders from our firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and other emergency and rescue professionals. Benefits.gov can help you and your families find the resources and assistance information you need. For more information about service related programs, visit our Volunteer Opportunities category or use our Benefit Finder questionnaire to find benefit information specific to you and your situation.

Volunteer Opportunities