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The FY1998 Defense Authorization Act finally put into law our long-sought initiative to provide a minimum Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity to "forgotten widows" (those widows whose retiree spouses had passed away before the end of the initial SBP enrollment periods back in the 1970s).
Payments were made retroactive to December 1, 1997 for all qualifying widows, but widows must apply for the benefit. The problem to date has been our inability to get the word out about this eligibility. Chapters can help by spreading the word. The FY2000 NDAA extended the Forgotten Widows SBP to survivors of "gray area" reserve retirees who died before Sep 21, 1972. There are only about 200 such widows, and this will correct an inequitable oversight. The annuity in 2003 is approximately $188.18 per month.
MOAA will assist any eligible widow in applying, regardless of the retiree's grade or MOAA membership status. If you know a potentially qualifying widow, call MOAA's Benefits Information department at (800) 234-6622 Ext. 116.
The following disqualifies a surviving spouse for this benefit.
Remarriage (even if the marriage terminates for any reason).
Receipt of Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the VA.
Receipt of Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) from DOD.
Receipt of Minimum Income Widow from DOD.
The addresses for the service applications are:
ARMY: HQDA Army Retirement Services, Attn: DAPE-RSO, 200 Stovall St., Alexandria, VA 22332-0470
NAVY: Department Of the Navy, Navy Personnel Command (Pers-622), 5720 Integrity Drive Millington TN 38055-6220
AIR FORCE: HQ AFPC/DPPTR, 550 C St., West, Suite 11, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4713
MARINE CORPS: Commandant of the Marine Corps, U.S. Marine Corps (MMSR-6), Manpower and Reserve Affairs, 3280 Russell Road, Quantico, VA 22134-8163
COAST GUARD and NOAA: Commanding Officer (RAS), USCG Human Resources Service & Information Center, 444 SE Quincy St., Topeka, KS 66683-3591
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE: Compensation Branch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 4-50, Rockville, MD 20857
The application form lists additional documentation (retirement verification, copies of marriage and death certificates, etc) the service will need to validate the claim. Services must notify applicants of the disposition of their claims within 60 days of receipt.
MOAA members may request applications by calling MOAA's Benefits Information Department at (800) 234-6622 extension 116.
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