The Survivor Benefit Plan provides financial support to military spouses and/or children when a military member dies while on duty or after retirement. SBP provides eligible beneficiaries with a monthly payment known as an annuity. The recipient of an SBP annuity is referred to as the annuitant.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a monetary benefit offered by the Veterans Affairs to survivors of service members and retirees whose death results from a service-related injury or disease. Prior to 2023, spouse SBP annuitants, except for those who remarried after age 55 (or in other specific circumstances), could not receive full SBP and DIC payments at the same time. Their SBP payment was reduced by all or part of their DIC payment. Beginning on Feb. 1, 2023, surviving spouses receive their full SBP payment from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and their full DIC payment from the VA.
Prior to 2023, when a spouse was eligible to receive SBP and DIC, and the SBP payment was subject to the SBP-DIC Offset, the spouse also received the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance. As the SBPO-DIC no longer exists, SSIA will no longer be paid after the Jan. 3, 2023.