How to Report a Retiree’s Death

Courtesy of Shift Colors

Navy retired pay ends when the retiree dies. Survivors must promptly report a retiree’s death to help avoid delays and possible financial hardship to surviving annuitant beneficiaries, family members or executors who will be required to reimburse any retired pay overpayments.

Please follow the steps below to report the death of a military retiree:

Step 1 – Notify the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Casualty Care Team at 1-800-321-1080. Please have the retiree’s Social Security Number and the date of death when you call.

For customers located overseas, the commercial number is 216-522-5955, select option 3 to be directed to the appropriate representative.

Upon notification, DFAS will begin to close out the pay account to prevent any overpayments.

Step 2 – Contact your financial institution and inform them of the death of the retiree.

Step 3 – Within 7-10 business days of reporting the death to DFAS, you should receive a condolence letter.

If the member is due arrears of pay you will also receive a Claim for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Member of the Uniformed Service (SF 1174).

If the decedent was enrolled in the Survivor Benefit Plan or the Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan, you should also receive an Annuity Care Package for completion and return.

Step 4 – Complete the SF 1174 you received with your condolence letter and return with a copy of the retiree’s Death Certificate that reflects cause of death to:

DFAS U.S. Military Retired Pay
P.O. Box 7130
London, KY40742-7130
Fax: 800-469-6559

If you need assistance completing your claim form please contact the DFAS call center at 800-321-1080. You can also contact Navy Retired Activities by calling the Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center at 866-827-5672 and asking for extension 4308.

Contact List: In addition to notifying DFAS, you should also notify the following agencies/departments as soon as possible:

Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213.
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System at 800-538-9552.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at 800-827-1000 for military retirees receiving disability compensation.
Office of Personnel Management at 888-767-6738 if the member was a current or retired federal civilian employee.
VA at 800-669-8477 for retirees enrolled in a VA-sponsored life insurance policy, such as National Service Life Insurance.
Office of Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance at 800-419-1473 for retirees enrolled in Veteran’s Group Life Insurance.
Families and executors may also receive assistance with administrative requirements from a Casualty Assistance Officer or Retired Activities/Affairs Office if available from a military installation nearby.

Assistance is also available from your local Disabled American Veterans Service Officer:
DAV Ch 26 Havelock
PO Box 465
Havelock, NC 285532

252-646-2229 or 252-349-0006

Thank you and God bless


About Ancil W. Jones

I am a Christian, Husband, Father, Grandfather, DoD employee, retired Navy Hospital Corpsman Chief Petty Officer, Disabled American Veteran Service Officer and real estate broker licensed in North Carolina. Please contact me for local information, relocation information and referral assistance. I will also be happy to answer any of your real estate questions. Contact me as well for information regarding the Disabled American Veterans and/or assistance with any claim you may have or wish to submit with the VA. May God's blessings be upon the United States of America and all those that serve to protect our way of life.
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