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Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance

Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Section 644 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2008 created the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA). This allowance is payable to all Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuitants whose annuity has been offset for receipt of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). This allowance becomes payable for the month of October 2008 in the monthly amount of $50. This amount will be increased as per the following schedule:
Month Amount
October 2008 $50
October 2009 $60
October 2010 $70
October 2011 $80
October 2012 $90
October 2013 $100

The payment remains at $100 from October 2013, until March 1, 2016, when this allowance is currently scheduled to terminate.

The initial payment will be made on Nov. 3, 2008 representing entitlement for the month of October 2008. This allowance is taxable. Your DIC payment address will be used for your SSIA payment. If you are currently receiving your DIC payment from the DVA at your home address, your SSIA payment will also be sent there. If your DIC payment is paid via electronic funds transfer (EFT) by the DVA, your DIC electronic payment address will be used for the SSIA payment.

If you have any questions concerning this allowance you may contact the Cleveland Center at 1-800-321-1080, between 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or write to Defense Finance and Accounting Service, U.S. Military Annuitant Pay, P.O. Box 7131, London, KY 40742-7131. You may also use our toll-free fax number of 1-800-982-8459. Please include the retired memberís name and Social Security Number (SSN) as well as your name, address, and SSN on all correspondence.

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