Our AFSA legislative team needs your help in honoring military spouses and survivors. Military members often invest in the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) while they are serving, paying into it each month. The plan is in place to cover their spouses in case of their death, in which their spouse will receive 55% of their retirement funds. In the event that the service member or retiree dies, their survivors receive a monthly SBP annuity from DoD. However, if that retiree was disabled as a result of military service, their survivor may also be eligible for dependency and indemnity compensations (DIC) from the VA. Under current law, DoD is allowed to implement a dollar-for-dollar reduction in SBP payments to a survivor, if that survivor is also receiving DIC. This is patently unfair and needs to be rectified. S. 622, A bill to amend Title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan by veterans' dependency and indemnity compensation, and for other purposes, sponsored by Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama would correct this unconscionable situation faced by military survivors who have given so much to this nation.
Please urge your Representative to support this important legislation.