Survivor Benefits Archive

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Survivor Benefit Plan Social Security Offset

Before 2008 your surviving spouse's SBP annuity was reduced when he or she reached age 62 and became eligible for Social Security. This was called the Social Security offset, it no longer exists. 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

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

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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

Veteran's Death Pension

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The VA Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans. The following is a summary of the pension: Eligibility 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 least 1 day during a per... more

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

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