Tax Extensions for Survivors

If you’re a survivor of a service member who has died on active duty, you may have the option of taking extra time to file your tax return.


Understanding the Survivor Benefit Plan

The Survivor Benefit Plan, or SRB, allows retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse or other eligible beneficiary after their death. Every retiring service member with an eligible spouse or child receives automatic enrollment in the Survivor Benefit Plan at the maximum level

The Survivor Connection eNewsletter Archives

The Survivor Connection eNewsletter links to enduring support for survivors whose loved ones died while on active duty. It includes up-to-date information for survivors and provides answers to their questions. Published three times a year, the. …

Survivor Finances and Legal – Essentials

While no actions can completely erase the pain you feel after losing a family member or loved one, getting your financial and legal affairs in order can be a small step in the right direction and can provide some peace of mind during this difficult time.

Online Survivor Benefits Report

An interactive online survivor benefits report is available for survivors of all service members who have died on active duty. These new reports display not only all current and estimated future benefits, but also allow survivors to input “what if” type changes to family members’ education status and plans, disability status and marital status.


Online Survivor Benefits Report (OSBR)

This webinar provides continuing education to surviving family members and service providers on how to access and utilize the Online Service Benefits Report (OSBR). The OSBR is interactive and available for survivors of all service members who. …

Certification Process Eases for Student Recipients of Survivor Benefit Plan

The certification process has gotten easier for students age 18 and older covered as a child annuitant under the military Survivor Benefit Plan. SBP students now have more time to file their certifications each semester and can file school certification forms online.

Casualty Assistance – Coast Guard

This page includes information on casualty and family support services for the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard website offers links to guides explaining the Survivor Benefit Plan and Reserve Component. …

Stepsiblings Now Included in Gold Star Lapel Button Program

The Gold Star Lapel Button Program has expanded to include stepsiblings among survivors eligible for the honor of receiving and wearing a pin recognizing the loss of their service member.


Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representatives

The National Defense Authorization Act 2014, Section 633, requires each secretary of a military department to designate a specific member to assist spouses and other dependents of service members, including Reserve Components, who die on active duty.