Hello, My husband retired from active duty in the Army after 14 years, then worked with the Army ROTC programs in the university setting, then went back on active duty for the year of 2010. He is now retired with the total balance of 20 years active duty. He is currently 55 and is eligible to receive his Retirement at age 60. (He did send in the paperwork to elect SBP coverage for me.) My question is this: If something happens to my husband and he dies before he even starts receiving his retirement pension, am I going to be able to start receiving the elected SBP, or will I have to wait until the year that he would have turned 60, or because he never would have received it, and paid no payments towards it, will I still get it?Thanks, Janet
State/Country relating to question: North Carolina
We currently have power of Attorney, and a health directive, and sent in the election for the SBP when my husband turns 60. I don't know if there is anything else we need to do to make sure if something happens to him before he starts collecting his retirement, that I will still be able to get the SBP without any problems.
Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law experience.You would receive your portion of SBP (up to 55% of his pension) at the time he is eligible to receive it (at his 60th birthday)SO long as he has elected SBP, you will benefit when he passes if he passes prior to you
Retired Marine Corps Lawyer, Veterans Services Officer (VSO)
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