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Survivor Benefit Plan

The Survivor Benefit Plan, or SBP, was established by Congress effective Sept. 21, 1972 (Public Law 92-425) to provide a monthly income to survivors of retired military personnel upon the member's death when retired pay stops. Survivors of members who die while on active duty, and survivors of members recalled to active duty from retirement who die while on active duty, may also be protected by the SBP.
tabBeneficiary Categories 
Annuity for 'Forgotten Widows'

Child-only SBP Coverage

Former-Spouse and Child SBP Coverage

Former-Spouse SBP Coverage

General Information on SBP Beneficiary Categories

Insurable Interest SBP Coverage

Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan

SBP Coverage Costs

Spouse and Child SBP Coverage

Spouse-only SBP Coverage

tabGeneral SBP Information 
Active-Duty SBP Coverage

Air Force Instruction Governing SBP

Annuity Payable to a Spouse or Former Spouse

Effect on SBP if DIC is Awarded by the VA

Effect on SBP if New Child(ren) Gained

Frequently Asked Questions about SBP

Retired and Annuitant Pay Tax Information

SBP and RSFPP Paid-Up Provision

SBP and Supplemental Security Income

tabSpecial-Needs Trust 
tabSBP History 
SBP History 1953 to 1979

SBP History 1980 to 1989

SBP History 1990 to 1999

SBP History 2000 to Current

tabPre-Retirement Information 
Civil Service Retirement and SBP Coverage

Pre-Retirement SBP Responsibilities

Reserve Component SBP

Retired Pay and SBP Calculator

SBP Coverage Costs

SBP Decision Considerations

SBP Coverage and Spouse Death/Divorce

SBP Coverage if Children Lose Eligibility

SBP Disenrollment Provision

SBP Open Enrollment

Spouse SBP Currently Suspended and Effects of Remarriage

Withdrawal from SBP for Total VA Disability Rating

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Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Cleveland
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(800) 321-1080

Military Records 
For Airmen who retired BEFORE Oct 1, 2004,  click here 
Phone: (314) 801-0800

For Airmen who retired ON or AFTER  Oct. 1, 2004, click here
Phone: (800) 525-0102

Air Force Worldwide Locator
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(210) 565-2660

Air Force Awards and Decorations 
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Social Security Administration
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Veterans Affairs
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Exchange Service

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(800) 527-6790 

Defense Commissary Agency
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