RAO Davao City

United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines

SBP SSDI 8 June 2008

Posted by Service Officer on June 8th, 2008

Section 644 of the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes a Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSDI) for person affected by required SBP annuity offset for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). This includes Guard/Reserve retirees who died before age 60. The service secretary concerned shall pay SSDI to the surviving spouse/former spouse if the surviving spouse/former spouse is entitled to DIC and is eligible to receive an annuity by reason of an election of SBP who, except for the DIC offset, would be eligible to receive the annuity, shall be paid the monthly amount equal to:

 

• For months during fiscal year 2009, $50.00;

• For months during fiscal year 2010, $60.00;

• For months during fiscal year 2011, $70.00;

• For months during fiscal year 2012, $80.00;

• For months during fiscal year 2013, $90.00;

• For months after fiscal year 2013, $100.00.

The amount of the allowance paid for any month may not exceed the amount of the annuity for that month that is subject to DIC offset. The survivor indemnity allowance is not subject to adjustment under any other provision of law. The funds shall be paid from the retirement trust fund, and shall only apply with respect to months beginning on 1 OCT 08, through 28 FEB 16. The indemnity allowance might be perceived as a first step toward easing the ban on concurrent receipt for military widows. [Source: DFAS Retired Pay Newsletter Apr 08 ++]

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