The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Survivors Benefit Fund (SBF) was formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The main purpose of the fund is to distribute monies for the benefit of surviving family members of Drug Enforcement Administration employees and deputized Task Force Officers who have lost their life in the line of duty and to support programs to preserve the memory of these slain employees. Our primary focus in addition to these goals is to pay for the higher education for the surviving children left behind.
In response to the escalating threat posed by narcotics trafficking and its direct ties to terrorism, the DEA has emerged as the leading enforcement agency combating drugs. Its 5,000 agents have established an outstanding reputation by aggressively investigating and arresting the most notorious and dangerous drug criminals throughout the United States and the world. Because of their unrelenting war against drugs, assaults against DEA agents occur sixteen times more frequently than against all other federal agents. Eighty-four DEA employees have been killed in the line of duty. The vast majority of these agents were survived by young children.
Since its creation during 1997, the DEA Survivors Benefit Fund has disbursed over
$8,000,000 to the families of DEA employees. Included in this total are death benefits to families and individual educational grants used by the children of Special Agents killed in the line of duty. The DEA Survivors Benefit Fund raises money exclusively through private donations and the Combined Federal Campaign. Currently we host numerous golf tournaments and several other events across the country.
The DEA Survivors Benefit Fund is not part of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) but, instead, is a private 501(c)(3) organization that supports the families of DEA agents, employees, and task force officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty. Neither the DOJ nor DEA approves, endorses, or authorizes the Survivors Benefit Fund, its materials, or its fundraising efforts.