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Casualty Assistance Calls Program

Casualty Assistance Calls Program (CACP) requires that a uniformed Navy representative be designated to assist the Primary Next-of-Kin (PNOK) and the Secondary Next-of-Kin (SNOK) of Sailors who have suffered a casualty.

CAC/FHS Program Manager
Implementation of the CACP program is the responsibilty of the Casualty Assistance Calls/Funeral Honors (CAC/FH) Program Manager. Navy Casualty Assistance and Military Funeral Honors are provided at the local level by Regional offices located in various areas throughout the world.

A Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) is the official representative of the Secretary of the Navy who provides information, resources and assistance to the PNOK and SNOK in the event of a casualty. Their full time responsibility and mission is to assist families during a difficult time and ensure they receive the benefits and entitlements due. CACO duties are varied and are dependent upon the status of the Sailor at the time the casualty occurs (i.e. Death, Where-abouts Unknown (DUSTWUN), Missing, Ill, or Injured).

See MILPERSMAN Article 1770-160, Casualty Assistance Calls Program (CACP) for more information on the duties and responsibilities of the CACP.

1. Casualty Assistance Information: Meeting the Needs of Families and Children - This fact sheet by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress addresses the needs of military families, especially children, who experience the unthinkable loss of a parent through combat injury or deployment related accidents.  

2.  BENEFITS MATRIX - Click here to download pdf document

3.  Who is PNOK, SNOK, OIP, PADD, PERE?- Official definition of primary and secondary next-of-kin (PNOK/SNOK), Other Interested Parties (OIP), Person Authorized to Direct Disposition (PADD) and Persons Eligible to Receive Effects (PERE)

CACO Forms

VA Form 40-1330 (Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker)

VA Form 21-534a (Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation)

SGLV-8283 (Claim for Death Benefits)

Form TSP-U-17 (Information Relating to Deceased Participant)

NAVPERS 1770/7 (Casualty Assistance Calls Program)

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