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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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    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 w...
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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...
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    Death Gratuity
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    The death gratuity is a one-time non-taxable payment to help surviving family members deal with the financial hardships that ac...
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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...
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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

GI Bill Contribution Reimbursement

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The Montgomery G.I. Bill and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) are tuition assistance programs administered by the VA for the benefit of service members who have made contributions to the these programs while on active duty. Your Casualty Assitance Calls Officer will be able to tell you what, if any, contributions the service member made. Any such contributions to the Montgomery G.I. Bill or VEAP made by a service member ... more

Survivor's Resource List

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Dealing with loss can be difficult. The following resources are available to help you deal with the loss of a servicemember or veteran. Grief Support Here is a brief listing of grief support resources: The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) AARP Grief and Loss Programs Aircraft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS) Bereaved Parents of the USA Center for Loss & Life Transition Compassionate ... more

Survivor Benefit Plan Payments for Disabled Dependents

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Many retirees have been hesitant to select a disabled adult child as their beneficiary because they feared any extra income would disqualify the child from receiving other government subsidies for disabled adults, such as housing assistance and Medicaid. A new law allows servicemembers or retirees to contribute their SBP payments to a Special Needs Trust to avoid this problem What is a Special Needs Trust? A Special Needs Trust or SNT is a ... 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

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