Since October 2008 surviving spouses whose Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments have been offset (partially or totally) as a result of receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), including surviving spouses of members who died while serving on active duty, are eligible for the SSIA. Monthly payments are taxable and will be paid as follows:
SSIA payments terminate after FY2017.
In the following example, the base amount selected for SBP coverage is $2,500 which would provide an annuity of $1,375 (55 percent of the base amount) and the 2014-2015 SSIA rate. It assumes that a claim for DIC was filed by the surviving spouse within one year after the member's death and DIC was approved by the VA.
|Minus DIC entitlement||$1,254|
|Net SBP payable||$ 121|
|SSIA payable (FY2015)||$ 200|
|Total payable after DIC||$ 321|
|SBP entitlement||$ 825|
|Minus DIC entitlement||$ 1,254|
|Net SBP payable||$ 0|
|SSIA payable (FY2010)||$ 200|
|Total payable after DIC||$ 200|
The DIC entitlement is greater than the SBP payment. In this case, all spouse costs deducted from retired pay for SBP would be refunded to the surviving spouse, unless the member died on active duty.
Learn more about the Survivor Benefit Plan: