In my opinion their survivor benefits should be tax free. Their loved one paid the ultimate price for this country there should be no penalty for the benefits to their families. It’s the least we can do for them. If we can give massive tax cuts to corporations and billionaires we can certainly give tax exemptions to gold star families! Let the billionaires and corporations ante up the difference. Any that have already paid should be given refunds at the very least for 2018. Maybe going retro even further? Do what is right for these families. They have suffered enough.