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Spouses of deceased military personnel may be entitled to a preference when applying for federal civilian jobs. Be sure to inquire with the Human Resource Office when applying for federal civilian jobs.

Also, don't overlook the benefits that might be available to survivors at the state level. Many states have passed laws providing certain rights, benefits, and privileges to the surviving spouse and children of a deceased service member, especially to survivors of state members of the National Guard. These benefits can include additional death gratuities, bonuses, educational assistance, employment opportunities, tax relief, and others. Seek further information on the laws pertaining to a particular state from local government officials, the nearest Veterans Administration office, or local veterans' organizations, such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans.

The National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) is another good resource for benefits information and review. They can also assist with claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

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