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Survivors get several forms of compensation including Dependent Indemnity Compensation, a Death Gratuity, and TRICARE benefits.
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SBP is a complicated program and their are numerous related questions. See our FAQ for help.
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SBP Coverage and Benefits
When you retire, you may be able to elect any of several Survivor Benefit Plan options, which are listed below. SBP elections cannot be canceled or changed after retirement except in specific instances such as a change in your marital status or after the loss of a beneficiary.
At retirement, full basic SBP for spouse and children will take effect automatically if you make no other valid election. You may not reduce or decline spouse coverage without your spouse's written consent. If you have a former spouse, it may affect your options.
Select one of the SBP options for specifics on costs and benefits for that option:
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