Death Investigations

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In some cases, the military may conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the member's death.The basis of these investigations is to determine the cause and manner of the member's death and his or her status at the time the incident occurred. Such an investigation may affect the processing of SGLI and other benefits. The most common example is found in cases of homicide. Before a beneficiary may receive the insurance proceeds, it must be determined that the beneficiary or beneficiaries were not criminally culpable in the death of the insured.

Your Casualty Assistance Calls Officer will provide you with all available information regarding any investigations into the member's death. The average time to complete each investigation varies with each case.

Copies of investigations may be requested from the command conducting the investigation. Your CACO can refer you to the proper address.

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