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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

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


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

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