Survivor Benefits Kit, Estate Info Packet & More: July 2021

Survivor eNewsletter - July
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Survivor and Burial Benefits Kit
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Survivors and Burial Benefits kit is a source of preneed planning information for veterans, service members, and their families to plan for the future. It serves as a guide for survivors after the death of a loved one who has served their country.
Access the Kit
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New! Chill Drills App
Now available in a free mobile app, Chill Drills by Military OneSource provides stress relief wherever you are, whenever you need it. Download the app to your phone, and select Chill Drills 2-5 to learn stress-reducing, pain-relieving or sleep-inducing techniques.
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The Survivor Benefit Plan
Survivor Benefits Plan
If you’re a surviving spouse who qualifies for both SBP and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs, learn about ongoing changes that will end reductions in your SBP payments that are based on how much you receive in DIC.
Access Benefits Info

Continued Survivor Support
Surviving family members of active-duty deaths: If you have questions or concerns but don’t know where to find the answers, complete the Surviving Family Member Inquiry Form. DOD experts will provide answers and connect you to resources you may need.

Estate Info Packet Checklist
The downloadable "Estate Information Packet Checklist: Making Sure Your Affairs Are in Order" document provides a list of things to do to ensure your affairs are in order upon your death. Ensure your wishes are carried out and your family has all the information they need.

Moving After A Loved One’s Death
Moving after the death of a loved one can be emotionally exhausting. You may be faced with deciding where to relocate to and worried about what to do with your loved one’s belongings. However, there is a process you can follow that may make your final move easier.

How Can We Better Support You?
Our goal is to provide enduring support to the survivor community. Suggest a topic for consideration in a future edition of The Survivor Connection. We welcome your feedback.

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Sept. 6, 2021
World Suicide Prevention Day
Sept. 10, 2021
Anniversary of 9/11
Sept. 11, 2021
Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day
Sept. 26, 2021

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Did you know?
Eligible survivors qualify for free Beneficiary Financial Counseling Services. View the Veterans Affairs website for more information and recent changes to the BFCS.

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Survivor Spotlight
Eligible survivors: Take the brief Online Survivor Benefits Report course. It will show you how to use the interactive financial planning tool to estimate how time and circumstances can affect your monthly annual income.
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