Background: More than 65,000 surviving military spouses and dependents are unjustly penalized
because their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Similar to life insurance, the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) is purchased through DOD by military retirees to ensure their surviving loved ones can maintain a modest standard
of living. When service members or veterans die from injuries or illnesses related to their military service, survivors are eligible for VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). Despite the two payments being paid for two different reasons from two different
federal departments, all monthly SBP retirement payments are reduced by $1,319 –– the current payout for DIC benefits. For many survivors, this offset completely eliminates their SBP payments and threatens their financial security. The recent tax law makes
this situation worse by doubling the tax on dependents to whom parents transferred SBP benefits to avoid having to forfeit DIC benefits.
Take Action: Contact your members of Congress and urge them to end the injustice now! The message
these aptly termed "Widow’s Tax” and "Kiddie Tax” sends to service members, veterans, and their families is that our government salutes their service while in uniform, but they cost too much if they die on active duty or from service-connected conditions.
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