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My girlfriend who is 56 years old is a widow of an Air Force

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My girlfriend who is 56 years old is a widow of an Air Force Major (O-3) who died of a service connected illness and is receiving monthly DIC of approximately $3000. I am an active duty Navy Captain (O-6). I am retiring in 1 year with an active duty pension. At that time she will be 57 years old. If we were to get married sometime thereafter what happens to her DIC if I place her on my SBP? I presume she would NOT loose her DIC and IF I were to predecese her, she would in addition to her DIC she currently receives would also receive in addition the difference between the
(O-3) and (O-6) compensations. Am I correct?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. You are correct that this other party you are referring to would not lose their right to DIC when they remarry since they will be at least 57 years of age. As for the SBP issue, since her DIC is for a completely different servicemember than her SBP would be, should she outlive you and take SBP you have elected for her, she would actually have no offset or reduction from her SBP. You can see a discussion of this issue at the following DFAS link (paragraph 8 specifically) :

Please let me know if you need any clarification after reading all of the information at the link I provided. If none is needed, then if you could take a moment to leave a positive rating in the box above, I will receive credit for assisting you today. Thank you

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

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