The following checklist should be reviewed by military retirees and their beneficiaries on an annual basis. This checklist is designed to equip you and your loved ones with knowledge and information that may prove helpful. While it may be impossible to truly prepare for the overwhelming emotions and dilemmas that arise with the loss of a loved one, it does help when most of the below issues have been put into place.
__ Create a military file that includes your retirement orders, separation papers, medical records, etc. Make sure your spouse knows the location and telephone number of the nearest military installation.
__ Create a military retired pay file that includes the pertinent information for DFAS
(This file should also include the number of any VA claim still pending and the address of the VA office being used; a list of deductions currently being made from benefits; and the name, relationship and address of the person you have made the beneficiary of any unpaid retired pay at the time of death.)
__ Create an annuities file. This file should have information about the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) or the Retired ServicemanA?s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP), Civil Service annuity, etc. Additional information regarding SBP annuity claims can be obtained from the DFAS-Cleveland office at 1-800-321-1080.
Many states have specific laws and guidelines regulating cremation and burials at sea. Some states require a letter of authority signed by the deceased in order to authorize a cremation. Know the laws in your specific area and how they may affect your decisions. Information regarding Burials at Sea can be obtained by phoning the Office of Medical and Dental Affairs-Mortuary Affairs Division at (888) 647-6676 (option 4).
__ Once your decisions have been made and youA?re comfortable with them, have a will drawn up outlining all your wishes.
__ Insure that your will and all other official documents are maintained in a secure location known by your loved ones. This includes all of your DD214s or Retirement Orders.
__ When all the decision-making and documenting is completed, sit back and continue to enjoy life.
Who should be notified in the event of my death?
1. Defense Finance and Accounting Service A? (800) 321-1080 or (216) 522-5955/(800) 269-5170
2. Social Security Administration (for death benefits) - (800) 772-1213
3. Department of Veterans Affairs (if applicable) A? (800) 827-1000
4. Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) (for Federal Employees) - (724) 794-8690
5. Any fraternal group that you have membership with: e.g., MOAA, FRA, NCOA, VFW, AL, TREA
6. Any previous employers that provide pension or benefits.
7. Burial at Sea information A? (888) 647-6676 (option 4)
When all the decision-making and documenting is completed, sit back and continue to enjoy life.
Contact information for all retiree services:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
U S Military Retirement Pay
Post Office Box 7130
London, KY 40742 7130
(800) 321-1080 or (216) 522-5955/(800) 269-5170 (for deceased members)
Department of Navy
Retired Activities Section
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-6640
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1
DAPE-HRPD-RSO ( Retirement Services Office )
200 Stovall St.
Alexandria, VA 22332-0470
|U.S. Air Force |
550 C Street W, Ste 3
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4713
U.S. Marine Corps
|U.S. Coast Guard|
Commanding Officer (RAS)
U. S. Coast Guard
Personnel Service Center
444 SE Quincy St
Topeka KS 66683-3591