As you may know, Congress enacted changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) that will eventually eliminate the offset for surviving spouses who are also receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The changes will take place in three phases.
Beginning December 1 DFAS will send letters to surviving spouses impacted by the SPB/DIC repeal to let them know what to expect financially on February 1, 2021.
January 1, 2021 begins the first phase. In 2021, surviving spouse SBP annuity payments issued by DFAS will be reduced (offset) by no more than two-thirds of the amount of DIC (issued by the VA) rather than by the entire amount of DIC, even though eligible surviving spouses will continue to receive the full amount of DIC from the VA.
Beginning January 1, 2022, the second phase, surviving spouse SBP annuity payments will be reduced (offset) by no more than one-third of the amount of DIC (issued by the VA) rather than by the entire amount of DIC, even though eligible surviving spouses will continue to receive the full amount of DIC from the VA.
On January 1, 2023, the SBP-DIC offset will be fully eliminated. That means, beginning in 2023, SBP payments will no longer be offset by DIC. Spouses will receive full SBP (issued by DFAS) and full DIC (from the VA).
Thank you for your interest in the MOAA Surviving Spouse Virtual Chapter. We are very excited about this new venture! Our purpose is to provide:
a national forum for surviving spouses of uniformed services officers,
a common space to communicate with each other,
information about concerns pertinent to each of us and our families, and
a platform to advocate for protection of rights for our members and our dependents.
Additionally, we want to become a reliable source for surviving spouses who live in remote areas, who are housebound, who have jobs and children, or who might be unable to participate at the chapter level.
MOAA’s board of directors chartered this virtual chapter March 5, 2018. It is MOAA’s second virtual chapter; the first is for uniformed services nurses. The Surviving Spouse Virtual Chapter is an “affinity group,” with members who can share information in a virtual environment with colleagues seeking to work together as we each adjust to a new life. We want to make a difference locally, state-wide, and nationally, because as members of national MOAA and its local chapters and councils, we “never stop serving.”
Some of the topics we will address, include:
Are you a new surviving spouse? Do you need information on where to go, who to talk to, the first steps, and then what to do next?
Did your spouse serve in Vietnam? Could he have been the victim of Agent Orange?
Are you eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)? How do you apply?
Are you a recipient of the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)? What are your benefits?
What is SBP/DIC? The “widows tax”? The Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance?
Rules on remarriage
Information you need to know about TRICARE, dental care, and vision care
We would like to invite you to join us in this exciting new initiative. Initially, we plan to meet quarterly. Our goal is to eventually have all 50 states represented. We all have busy lives, and we only ask that you participate to the degree you can. For additional information or to join the MOAA Surviving Spouse Virtual Chapter, contact Gail or Micki at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you, and we welcome your participation in our virtual chapter. Attached is a membership application for your convenience.
Yes! I would like to be part of this exciting new venture! Please accept my application below. I understand I must meet two criteria and certify I am both a member of national MOAA and(a) a surviving spouse of a uniformed services member (CWO and above), or(b) the spouse of a uniformed services member of MOAA and currently serving as a surviving spouse liaison, or(c) a uniformed service member currently serving as a surviving spouse liaison.
____a _____b ____ c (Please check applicable criteria.)
NAME (LAST, FIRST & MIDDLE):
MOAA#: IF NOT A MOAA MEMBER, JOIN ONLINE AT MOAA.ORG/JOIN (if you are a Surviving Spouse Liaison, please provide your spouse’s MOAA#)
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A SURVIVING SPOUSE?
SPOUSE’S NAME (if applicable):
RANK (if applicable):
SERVICE (SPOUSE): __ARMY__AIR FORCE__MARINE CORPS__NAVY __COAST GUARD__ NOAA __ PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
BEST PHONE #:
IF YOU ARE A SPOUSE/ MILITARY MEMBER, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CONNECTED TO THE MILITARY? ___YEARS ACTIVE DUTY ___ YEARS RETIRED
I HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT, AND I AM COMFORTABLE WORKING ON FACEBOOK: __ YES __NO
You can either:
a. Complete this form on your computer, save it, and then email it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
b. Print out the form, fill it in by hand, and mail to 5808 Pebble Beach Dr., Granbury, TX 76049
Please email or call any of the names listed below with questions you might have. Thanks for joining us! You will hear from us shortly with information about our first meeting!