Survivor Benefits

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    The Survivor Benefit Plan Explained
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    The Survivor Benefit Plan pays your spouse a monthly payment, protecting survivors against the risks of early death.
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    Surviving Family Benefits
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    Survivors get several forms of compensation including Dependent Indemnity Compensation, a Death Gratuity, and TRICARE benefits.
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    Death Gratuity
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    Death gratuity is a one-time tax free payment for survivors to deal with financial hardships due to loss of a servicemember
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    Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
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    Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans.
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    Veteran's Death Pension
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    The VA Death Pension is a tax-free benefit for low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried children of a decease...

Survivor Benefits Archive

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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

Survivor Support Organizations

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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

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

Survivor Benefit Plan FAQs

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SBP is a complicated program and their are numerous related questions. To make easier to find the answers you are looking for we have broken them up into sections or topic areas: General Questions Questions About Death, Divorce, and Remarriage Election Options Election Changes SBP Premiums Tax Implications USFSPA General Questions About the Survivor Benefit Plan Question 1. Upon my death how does my sur... more

Supplemental SBP

Important Note: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2005 established a phase out of the Social Security offset by April 2008. There is no longer a need for the Supplemental SBP.   more

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