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Designating a pay beneficiary is vital

Posted 6/1/2011   Updated 6/1/2011 Email story   Print story


6/1/2011 - CLEVELAND (AFRNS)  -- DFAS asks military retirees to designate an arrears of pay beneficiary and update their designation as often as necessary.

The money earned but not paid in the final month of a retiree's life goes to whoever is listed as his or her AOP beneficiary. DFAS will also contact this person for help with closing the retiree's account. A lot of retirees procrastinate on planning for the day they die, according to DFAS officials, but neglecting to prepare for the future can cause financial hardship for the people retirees care about most.

All military retirees should check their most recent Retiree Account Statements to make sure the AOP beneficiaries listed for their accounts are indeed the people they want to receive their final prorated paychecks.

Retirees can choose anyone, from family members to friends to associates, to be their AOP beneficiary; however, if they do not designate someone, the payment of any money that remains in their retirement account at the time of death could be greatly delayed. It can take many months to locate a retiree's survivors, identify who is legally entitled to their pay, and then make the payment. Fortunately, this situation is easy to prevent, said officials.

To designate or change an AOP beneficiary, retirees should:

1. Complete a Designation of Beneficiary Information Form (DD Form 2894) available at

2. Sign and date the form. (Unsigned and undated forms will not be processed.)

3. Mail the form to DFAS U.S. Military Retired Pay P.O. Box 7130 London, KY 40742-7130, or fax it to 800-469-6559.

It is vital to notify DFAS of any changes in an AOP beneficiary's contact information, said DFAS officials. Otherwise, all correspondence will be sent to the wrong address, further delaying closure of the account. Retirees can use the steps above to notify DFAS if a beneficiary's name or contact information changes. (Courtesy of DFAS)

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