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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.

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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 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 eNewsletter. …
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Online Survivor Benefits Report

The interactive online survivor benefits report displays current and estimated future benefits, as well as “what if”-type changes to education, disability and marital status.

Essentials

Survivor Finances and Legal Affairs – Essentials

While nothing can take away your pain after the death of a loved one, having your financial and legal affairs in order can provide some peace of mind during this difficult time.

Webinar

Online Survivor Benefits Report (Jan. 2022)

This webinar will discuss the details of the Online Survivor Benefits Report and provide information for surviving family members and service providers on how to access and use it. The OSBR is interactive and available for survivors of all. …
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Accessing Your Online Survivor Benefits Reports

Survivors can access their online survivor benefits reports through an updated process using a linked email address.

Webinar

Online Survivor Benefits Report (Feb. 2022)

This webinar will discuss the details of the Online Survivor Benefits Report and provide information for surviving family members and service providers on how to access and use it.
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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. …
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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.

Essentials

Support After Loss – The Essentials

You were part of the military family when you supported your service member in his or her mission. And you’re part of the family now…and forever. That’s why the services have designed programs especially for survivors – tools and services to help you cope, make informed decisions, grieve in healthy ways and begin to envision a life with new opportunities.