Survivor Benefits Archive

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans. The following is a summary of this important benefit: Eligible Survivors Monthly Rates Additional Allowances The Application Process Eligible Survivors: DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of the following: Military service member who died while on active duty, OR Veteran whos... more

Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA)

Since October 2008 surviving spouses whose Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments have been offset (partially or totally) as a result of receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), including surviving spouses of members who died while serving on active duty, are eligible for the SSIA. Monthly payments are taxable and will be paid as follows: FY2010 - $60 FY2011 - $70 FY2012 - $80 FY2013 - $90  FY2014 - $150 ... more

Older Retirees to See SBP Premiums End

Survivor Benefit Plan Update: Participants in the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan for retired military members now have a new milestone to mark on their calendars. Effective October 1, 2008, SBP participants who reach 70 years of age and have made 360 payments (30 years), will no longer have to pay premiums for continued SBP coverage and will be placed in "Paid-up SBP" status. Paid-up SBP provisions were mandated by the National Def... more

Gold Star Lapel Button

If you have a family member who lost their life while in combat you may be entitled to the "Gold Star Lapel Button". Public Law 534 - 89th Congress, directs the design and distribution of a lapel button, to the known as the "Gold Star Lapel Button," to identify widows, parents and next of kin of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who lost their lives: During World War I, April 6, 1917 to March 3, 1921; During World W... more

Surviving Spouse and Family Education Benefits

Fallen Warriors Victims of ID Theft

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 opp... more

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