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Decedent Affairs

The Office of Decedent Affairs is the focal point for coordinating casualty related matters and death of an active duty, reserve member, and dependent in the Coast Guard Seventh District Area of Responsibility (AOR). Decedent Affairs office are managed for Coast Guard Seventh District through the Personnel Service Division at Base Miami Beach. Decedent Affairs Officer (DAO) is responsible for providing the highest level of support to the Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) and the deceased member’s command. DAO is committed in supporting all casualty cases with dignity and accuracy. Assigned CACO will provide direct assistance to the Primary Next-of-Kin and/or family of the fallen service member with the following to which they may be entitled:

Notification Process
Funeral and Burial arrangements
Transportation of the Remains/Family
Military Honors
Return of Personal Effects
Military compensation and entitlements
Survivor Benefits

Any Coast Guard unit within Coast Guard Seventh District’ AOR that receives a notification of a casualty is required to prepare a personnel casualty report in accordance with Section 5.A, Personnel and Pay Procedures Manual, PPCINST M1000.2A. Casualty report must be released within 4 hours after receipt of information of casualty.

Upon receipt information that a member on active duty has died, the Sector Commander in whose jurisdiction the Next-of-Kin resides shall appoint a CACO. The CACO will normally be an officer or senior petty officer attached to a unit nearest the locale of the Next-of-Kin's home. As the representative of the Coast Guard, the CACO shall render such assistance to the Next-of-Kin/family as necessary until interment.

DAO Primary contact number is 786-510-3596 secondary is 786-510-3595


Military Casualty & Decedent Affairs, COMDTINST M1770.9

Personnel Casualty Report Message, PPCINST M1000.2A

DOD Survivor’s Guide to Benefit (Taking Care of Our Families) 2012

Forms and Worksheets

CACO Action Checklist & After Action Report (AAR) – specific actions to be considered as a casualty case progresses through typical phases

Statement of Disposition of Remains, MMSO/NMA Form 5360/1

Request for Payment of Funeral and/or Interment Expenses DD Form 1375

Claim Certification & Voucher for Death Gratuity Payment, DD Form 397

Claim for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Member of the Uniformed Services, SF-1174

Claim for Reimbursement for Expenditures on Official Business, SF-1164

Claim for Death Benefits, SGLV-8283

Claim for Family Coverage Death Benefits, SGLV-8283A

Service member’s Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI), SGLV-8600

Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes, VA Form 27-2008

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

Gift of Membership AAFMAA Financial Advisor

Military Funeral Honor

Request for Military Funeral Honor (MFH) and Burial at Sea (BAS) are accepted from family members or someone acting for the family of the deceased Coast Guard, USPHS, or NOAA veteran. Most requests are made by funeral directors. Please contact 786-367-6822 with any questions to request assistance for MFH and BAS.

The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony which will be conducted are:
Playing of Taps
Flag Folding
Flag Presentation


MFH Request Form – fax request to (305) 535-8779
BAS Request Form – fax request to (305) 535-8779

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Last Modified 1/12/2016