Survivor Benefits Archive

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Survivor Support Organizations

In times of tragedy and personal need there are several organizations available to provide aid and support. The following section will help you to find the support you need in difficult times. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) TAPS is an organization that is dedicated to supporting anyone and everyone who has ever been affected by a service member's death that occurred on active duty. TAPS provides, at no cost to the survivor, ... more

SBP Open Season FAQs

Congress has set a one-year open enrollment period (October 2005 to September 30, 2006) to allow retirees to enroll in the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) or increase their participation. Congress set the open season after eliminating the SBP social security offset that reduced SBP coverage from 55% of the base amount elected to 35% of the base amount at age 62. The new plan provides 55% benefit regardless of the age of the annuitant. If you consi... more

The Survivor Benefit Plan Explained

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When a military retiree dies their retirement pay stops. This means that the surviving spouse will be left without a substantial income source. If you are a retiree you need to give serious thought to how you can protect your spouse from the hardships caused by the loss of your retirement pay. One option available to you is the Survivor Benefit Plan. The SBP is an insurance plan that will pay your surviving spouse a monthly payment (annuity) ... more

SBP Coverage and Benefits

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When you retire, you may be able to elect any of several Survivor Benefit Plan options, which are listed below. SBP elections cannot be canceled or changed after retirement except in specific instances such as a change in your marital status or after the loss of a beneficiary. At retirement, full basic SBP for spouse and children will take effect automatically if you make no other valid election. You may not reduce or decline spouse coverage ... more

Veteran's Death Pension

The VA Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans. The following is a summary of the pension: Eligibility The 2009-2011 Payment Amount The Application Process VA Death Pension Eligibility: You may be eligible if: the deceased veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND he or she served 90 days or more of active duty with at le... more

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