Public Safety Officers Benefits (PSOB)
BENEFITS FROM THE FEDERAL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS BENEFIT ACT (PSOB) HELPS DISABLED FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, AND FIRST RESPONDERS
Surprisingly few people are aware of a Federal program that can provide huge benefits to disabled police, firefighters and other first responders or to their families in case of death. It’s called the Public Safety Officers Benefit Act (PSOB).
PSOB provides a one-time benefit to eligible public safety officers who were permanently and totally disabled as a result of a catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty on or after November 29, 1990. Injuries must permanently prevent officers from performing any gainful work in the future.
PSOB also provides support for higher education to eligible spouses and children of public safety officers who died in the line of duty or were catastrophically disabled in the line of duty.
The program is administered by the Office of Justice Programs, a branch of the Department of Justice. With a small staff, limited budget and a very detailed application process, decisions may be long in coming. But the benefits are quite substantial: over $300,000 for any death or disability since 2007, with the exact amount depending on the date of death or injury.
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For more information about PSOB visit the government website by clicking here, and if you know anyone who might be eligible feel free to send them our way!