Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Programs provide benefits to public safety officers (or eligible survivors in the event of death) who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled by a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty. PSOB Programs provide death benefits in the form of a one-time financial payment to the eligible survivors of public safety officers whose deaths are the direct and proximate result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty or certain eligible heart attacks or strokes. They also provide disability benefits for public safety officers who have been permanently and totally disabled by a catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty if that injury permanently prevents the officer from performing any gainful work. The amount of the current PSOB benefit is $339,310 for eligible deaths and disabilities occurring on or after October 1, 2014.
PSOB Programs also include the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Educational Assistance (PSOEA) program, which provides financial assistance for higher education for the spouses and children of federal, state, and local public safety officers who have been permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Educational assistance through the PSOEA Program is only available to the spouse or children of a public safety officer after the PSOB death or disability claim process has been completed and benefits have been awarded. The educational assistance may be used to defray relevant expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other education-related costs. The amount of the PSOB educational assistance benefit for one month of full-time assistance on or after October 1, 2014 is $1,018.