Survivor Benefits Archive

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Survivor Benefits Overview

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There are several benefits available to surviving family members of deceased veterans. These benefits range from emotional support to free education. There are so many programs it may be confusing to determine which ones you may be eligible for. We have gathered together details of these programs here to make it easy to understand them. Counseling and Assistance Survivor's Resource List Survivor Support Organizations Monetary A... more

Surviving Spouse and Family Education Benefits

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Surviving Spouses and Dependent children of fallen servicemembers or disabled veterans are often unaware of the many resources they have to assist with paying for their education. The following article will briefly explain some of the major resources at your disposal. Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependent... more

Survivor Benefit Plan for Reserve Component

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The Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) enables people who served in Reserve Components to leave the people they care about with a benefit called an “annuity.” An annuity is a monthly payment that lasts the lifetime of your beneficiary after you pass away. The amount of the monthly payment is a percentage of your retired pay, and that percentage depends upon the election you make when you sign up for RCSBP. The RCSBP is quite sim... more

Surviving Family Benefits

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Next of kin members are offered several forms of compensation. These include Dependent Indemnity Compensation, a Death Gratuity payment, as well as TRICARE benefits. Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of a: Military service member who died while on active duty, OR Veteran whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease, OR Veteran whose death resulted... more

Military Life Insurance - SGLI

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SGLI is a VA program that provides low cost group life insurance to members of the Uniformed Services, including commissioned officers of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, cadets and midshipmen of the service academies. Members are automatically insured under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) for the maximum amount of $400,000 unless an election is filed reducing the insurance by $50,0... more

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