State Benefits Advisory Committee

The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation serves as advocates for the families of law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty. As an enhancement of its services to the survivors of law enforcement officers who lose their lives, the Foundation has formed the State Benefits Advisory Committee composed of the Executive Directors or Administrators of state retirement plans that administer benefits for law enforcement officers.

The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation serves as advocates for the families of law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty. As an enhancement of its services to the survivors of law enforcement officers who lose their lives, the Foundation has formed the State Benefits Advisory Committee composed of the Executive Directors or Administrators of state retirement plans that administer benefits for law enforcement officers.

Questions about understanding and applying for state benefits are a primary area of confusion for departments and family survivors. While there are substantial death benefits available from the Federal Government through the Public Safety officer's benefits program (PSOB), there are additional benefits for each state, and in several states match the PSOB. The fact is that many families and law enforcement departments are unaware that these additional resources are available. Even if they are aware, the process to obtain benefits for a family can be complex, involving legal terminology and requirements for documentation, a difficult application process, and statutory deadlines.

When a department has a question regarding state benefits available the families, Foundation staff can forward their question to associated state benefit director, assuring they will obtain the correct answers at the first call.

There is no other organization in the country that provides the service of direct access to the top state retirement executives to have questions answered concerning benefits issues. Our organization is the resource for the United States. Simply put, with the establishment of the State Benefits Advisory Committee, The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation can provide great comfort to the survivors that no loved one "falls between the cracks."

The State Benefits Advisory Committee currently has representation in the following states:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Colorado
  3. Delaware
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. Hawaii
  8. Idaho
  9. Illinois
  10. Iowa
  11. Kansas
  12. Kentucky
  13. Louisiana
  14. Maryland
  15. Minnesota
  16. Mississippi
  17. Missouri
  18. Montana
  19. Nebraska
  20. Nevada
  21. New Jersey
  22. New Mexico
  23. North Carolina
  24. North Dakota
  25. Ohio
  26. Oregon
  27. Rhode Island
  28. South Carolina
  29. South Dakota
  30. Tennessee
  31. Texas
  32. Utah
  33. Vermont
  34. Washington
  35. Wisconsin
  36. Wyoming