Eligibility for Medal of Valor Benefits:

  • Spouses or children of Public Safety Officers whose PSOB death or disability claims have previously been approved are eligible to apply for PSOEA benefits. As a PSOEA applicant, there MUST have been a previously approved PSOB death or disability claim for the applicable Public Safety Officer.

  • Public Safety Officers' children are no longer eligible for assistance after their 27th birthday, absent a finding of extraordinary circumstances by the Attorney General.

  • Assistance under the PSOEA Program is available for 45 months of full-time education or training or for a proportional period of time for a part-time program.

Application Instructions for Medal of Valor Benefits:


To begin your benefits application for the Medal of Valor Program, you must first complete the Prescreen. After clicking the "Prescreen" link below, you will be asked to provide the minimally required materials needed to confirm your eligibility for benefits prior to beginning your Education Payment Application.

After submitting your Education Benefits Prescreen and receiving notice that your Prescreen has been accepted, you will be given access to complete your first Education Payment Application. To check the status of your Prescreen, to begin a new Payment Application, or to continue an existing Payment Application, navigate to MyPSOB.

Privacy Act Notice

Authority: 34 U.S.C. subtit. I, ch. 101, subch. XI, 42 U.S.C. 3796, and 44 U.S.C. 3103

Purpose: The information you submit in your claim is for official use by the U.S. Department of Justice for the purpose of determining your eligibility for, and the amount of, the benefit you may receive under your claim to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program and for the purpose of managing this Program.

Routine Uses: Information you submit regarding your claim may be disclosed by the Department of Justice only in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, and for the routine uses indicated below:


(a) To State and local agencies to verify and certify eligibility for benefits.

(b) To researchers for the purpose of researching the cause and prevention of public safety officer line of duty deaths.

(c) To appropriate Federal agencies to coordinate benefits paid under similar programs.

(d) In a proceeding before a court or adjudicative body before which the OJP is authorized to appear, when i. The OJP, or any subdivision thereof, or ii. Any employee of the OJP in his or her official capacity, or iii. Any employee of the OJP in his or her individual capacity, where the Department of Justice has agreed to represent the employee, or iv. The United States, where the OJP determines that the litigation is likely to affect it or any of its subdivisions, is a party to litigation or has an interest in litigation and such records are determined by the OJP to be arguably relevant to the litigation.

(e) To the news media and the public pursuant to 28 CFR 50.2 may be made available from systems of records maintained by the Department of Justice unless it is determined that release of the specific information in the context of a particular case would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

(f) To the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and to the General Services Administration in records management inspections conducted under the authority of 44 U.S.C. 2904 and 2906.

(g) To a Member of Congress or staff acting upon the Member's behalf when the Member or staff requests the information on behalf of and at the request of the individual who is  the subject of the record.

(h) Pursuant to subsection (b)(3) of the Privacy Act, the Department of Justice may disclose relevant and necessary information to a former employee of the Department for purposes of: responding to an official inquiry by a federal, state, or local government entity or professional licensing authority, in accordance with applicable Department regulations; or facilitating communications with a former employee that may be necessary for personnel-related or other official purposes where the Department requires information and/or consultation assistance from the former employee regarding a matter within that person’s former area of responsibility.

(i) To appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when (1) The Department suspects or has confirmed that there has been a breach of the system of records; (2) the Department has determined that as a result of the suspected or confirmed breach there is a risk of harm to individuals, DOJ (including its information systems, programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national security; and (3) the disclosure made to such agencies, entities, and persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with the Department’s efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed breach or to prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm.

Effect: While providing this information is voluntary, failing to provide information may result in delays in processing or a claim being denied based on insufficient evidence. 

Web Privacy Policy Notice

Pursuant to OMB 17-06, Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites and Digital Services, “agencies must post a link to [their] website’s Privacy Policy on any known, major entry points to the website as well as any webpage that collects PII.” OMB 17-06, Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites and Digital Services, Section 6, B. The PSOB 2.0 webpage will collect PII. Accordingly, OJP must add a link within the PSOB 2.0 webpage to the DOJ Privacy Policy pursuant to OMB 17-06, Section 6, B. OPCL recommends the following language under the Privacy Act Statement above: The Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs will collect, process, disclose, and store your personal information that you submit through this online portal with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Privacy Policy and as stated on the Privacy Act Statement above. Your online submission of personally identifiable information constitutes your agreement to the DOJ Privacy Policy.

If you have questions about PSOB Benefits or wish to speak to a Customer Resource Center Representative, call 1-888-744-6513 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, or send a message to the PSOB Customer Resource Center using Messages in MyPSOB.

Application Type

In which capacity are you filling this application?

Public Safety Office Type and Jurisdiction Type

Employing Agency Information

Employing Agency Contact Information
Agency Head Contact Information
Agency Point of Contact Information

Statement of Circumstances

Required Documents



Final Review Form

Please Review and Confirm
This final review form serves as the version of the application you are about to submit. If you wish to make edits, return to the editable preview screen to do so.


The information provided will be used by the Department of Justice to determine eligibility of an Applicant/Claimant for PSOB Program benefits. To verify eligibility for benefits, the information provided is subject to investigation and may be disclosed to federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to verify eligibility for benefits. If the Department of Justice receives adverse information regarding an Applicant’s or Claimant’s eligibility, an information of record may be disclosed as necessary to affected persons and federal, state, tribal, and local agencies, including those persons or agencies challenging eligibility.
I certify that all of the information provided is correct and complete to the best of my knowledge. I know of no facts or circumstances that would render the person identified here as ineligible for the benefit. I understand that knowingly and willfully making a false or incomplete statement or failing to fully disclose pertinent information concerning this claim may be grounds for non-payment of benefits or for prosecution for a false statement under 18 U.S.C. § 1001.
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