MEMBER-DESIGNATED BENEFITS

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REF/A/DOC/DOD PRESS RELEASE/28OCT11//
AMPN/REF A IS AN AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ARTICLE LISTING THE 
15 MEMBER-DESIGNATED BENEFITS TITLED "DEPARTMENT REMINDS TROOPS OF 
MEMBER-DESIGNATED BENEFITS", LOCATED ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.DEFENSE.GOV/NEWS/NEWSARTICLE.ASPX?ID=65857. 

RMKS/1. THIS NAVADMIN PROVIDES AMPLIFICATION ON REF A.  THROUGH THE ONGOING 
REVIEW OF MILITARY BENEFITS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OFFICIALS HAVE IDENTIFIED 
15 BENEFITS WHERE MEMBERS MAY DESIGNATE BENEFICIARIES OF THEIR CHOOSING.  THE 
FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO ENSURE ALL ARE AWARE OF THEIR BENEFICIARY 
OPTIONS.  THESE BENEFIT PROGRAMS ALLOW SERVICEMEMBERS (SM) TO DESIGNATE ANYONE 
TO RECEIVE THE BENEFITS AFFORDED SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS NOTED BELOW: 

    A.  SERVICEMEMBERS' GROUP LIFE INSURANCE (SGLI) BENEFICIARY:  
ANYONE DESIGNATED IN WRITING BY THE SM AS A BENEFICIARY WOULD BE ELIGIBLE.  
THIS COULD BE A DEPENDENT, FRIEND, FIANCEE, CO-WORKER, MEMBER OF THE FAMILY 
WHO IS NOT A MILITARY DEPENDENT, ETC. (TITLE 38 U.S.C. SECTION 1970).  MEMBERS 
MAY GO TO THEIR LOCAL PERSONNEL SUPPORT DETACHMENT (PSD) OR COMMAND 
PAY/PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SYSTEM (PASS) COORDINATOR (CPC) FOR 
ASSISTANCE WITH UPDATING THEIR SGLI BENEFICIARIES. 

    B.  POST VIETNAM-ERA VETERANS' EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (VEAP) 
BENEFICIARY:  A SM WHO ENTERED THE SERVICE FOR THE FIRST TIME BETWEEN JANUARY 
1, 1977, AND JUNE 30, 1985; OPENED A CONTRIBUTION ACCOUNT BEFORE APRIL 1, 
1987; VOLUNTARILY CONTRIBUTED BETWEEN $25 AND $2700; COMPLETED THE FIRST 
PERIOD OF SERVICE; AND WAS DISCHARGED OR RELEASED FROM SERVICE UNDER 
CONDITIONS OTHER THAN DISHONORABLE IS ELIGIBLE FOR UNUSED VEAP BENEFITS.  IN 
THE EVENT OF A PARTICIPANT'S DEATH, THE UNUSED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FUND SHALL 
BE PAID TO THE LIVING PERSON OR PERSONS FIRST LISTED:  ANYONE DESIGNATED AS A 
BENEFICIARY OR BENEFICIARIES BY THE SM UNDER THE MEMBER'S SGLI POLICY; THE 
SURVIVING SPOUSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL (UNDER THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT (DOMA)) 
(TITLE 1 U.S.C. SECTION 7 AND TITLE 28 U.S.C. SECTION 1738C), A SPOUSE IS 
DEFINED AS AN INDIVIDUAL OF THE OPPOSITE SEX WHO IS LEGALLY MARRIED TO THE 
MEMBER, THEREFORE A SAME-SEX PARTNER CAN RECEIVE THE BENEFIT UNDER THIS 
PROGRAM ONLY IF HE OR SHE IS LISTED AS THE SGLI BENEFICIARY); THE SURVIVING 
CHILD OR CHILDREN OF THE INDIVIDUAL, IN EQUAL SHARES; AND THE SURVIVING PARENT 
OR PARENTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL, IN EQUAL SHARES (TITLE 38 U.S.C. SECTION 3224).  
MEMBERS MAY GO TO THEIR LOCAL PSD OR CPC FOR ASSISTANCE WITH UPDATING THEIR 
SGLI BENEFICIARIES. 

    C.  BASIC EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE DEATH BENEFICIARY:  IN THE EVENT OF A 
SERVICE-CONNECTED DEATH, THE ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE DEATH 
BENEFIT SHALL BE MADE TO THE PERSON OR PERSONS SURVIVING ON THE DATE OF SUCH 
INDIVIDUAL'S DEATH IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER OF PRIORITY:  THE BENEFICIARY OR 
BENEFICIARIES DESIGNATED BY THE SM UNDER THE MEMBER'S SGLI POLICY; THE 
SURVIVING SPOUSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL (AS DEFINED BY DOMA); THE SURVIVING CHILD 
OR CHILDREN OF THE INDIVIDUAL, IN EQUAL SHARES; AND THE SURVIVING PARENT OR 
PARENTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL, IN EQUAL SHARES (TITLE 38 U.S.C. SECTION 3017).  
MEMBERS MAY GO TO THEIR LOCAL PSD OR CPC FOR ASSISTANCE WITH UPDATING THEIR 
SGLI BENEFICIARIES. 

    D.  DEATH GRATUITY BENEFICIARY:  ANYONE DESIGNATED BY THE SERVICE MEMBER 
IN WRITING AS A BENEFICIARY OR BENEFICIARIES, ON DD FORM 93 (RECORD OF 
EMERGENCY DATA/PAGE 2), IS ELIGIBLE (TITLE 10 U.S.C. SECTION 1477 AND 
IMPLEMENTED BY DODI 1300.18.).  MEMBERS MAY GO TO THEIR LOCAL PSD OR CPC FOR 
ASSISTANCE WITH UPDATING THEIR PAGE 2. 

    E.  FINAL SETTLEMENT OF ACCOUNTS BENEFICIARY:  ANYONE DESIGNATED BY THE 
SERVICE MEMBER IN WRITING AS A BENEFICIARY OR BENFICIARIES ON DD FORM 93 
(RECORD OF EMERGENCY DATA/PAGE 2) IS ELIGIBLE (TITLE 10 U.S.C. SECTION 2771 
AND DODI 1300.18.).  MEMBERS MAY GO TO THEIR LOCAL PSD OR CPC FOR ASSISTANCE 
WITH UPDATING THEIR PAGE 2. 

    F.  WOUNDED WARRIOR ACT DESIGNATED CAREGIVER:  BY LAW, ANYONE SERVING AS A 
NON-MEDICAL ATTENDEE WHILE CARING FOR A RECOVERING SERVICE MEMBER FOR MORE 
THAN 45 DAYS DURING A 1-YEAR PERIOD (WOUNDED WARRIOR ACT, PUBLIC LAW 110-181 
SECTIONS 1601 - 1676 AND DODI 1300.24).  RECOVERING SERVICE MEMBERS SHALL BE 
PERMITTED TO DESIGNATE A DEPENDENT, FRIEND, FIANCEE, CO-WORKER, MEMBER OF THE 
FAMILY WHO IS NOT A MILITARY DEPENDENT, ETC.  AS A CAREGIVER. 

    G.  THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN (TSP) BENEFICIARY:  ANY INDIVIDUAL MAY BE 
DESIGNATED AS A BENEFICIARY (TITLE 5 U.S.C. SECTIONS 8424 AND 8441 AND 5 CFR 
PART 1651.3(B)).  MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO TO WWW.TSP.GOV TO TAKE CARE OF 
THEIR TSP NEEDS.  MEMBERS MUST MAIL OR FAX IN THE FORM TO THE THRIFT SAVINGS 
PLAN ADDRESS ON THE WEBSITE TO DESIGNATE THEIR BENEFICIARY. 

    H.  SURVIVOR BENEFIT PLAN (SBP) BENEFICIARY:  BY LAW, IF A MEMBER IS NOT 
MARRIED (AS DEFINED BY DOMA), DID NOT SELECT COVERAGE FOR A FORMER SPOUSE, AND 
DOES NOT HAVE A DEPENDENT CHILD UPON BECOMING ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SBP, 
THE MEMBER MAY ELECT TO PROVIDE SBP COVERAGE "TO A NATURAL PERSON WITH AN 
INSURABLE INTEREST."  IF THE INSURABLE INTEREST IS NOT A BLOOD RELATION, PROOF 
OF FINANCIAL BENEFIT FROM THE CONTINUED LIFE OF THE RETIREE IS REQUIRED (TITLE 
10 U.S.C. SECTIONS 1447-1455 AND DODI 1332.42).  MEMBERS ARE GIVEN THE OPTION 
TO LIST A QUALIFYING BENEFICIARY UPON RETIREMENT FROM THE NAVY AND ARE 
ENCOURAGED TO CONSULT THEIR LOCAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE TO CLARIFY THE 
REQUIREMENTS OF "INSURABLE INTEREST" AND POTENTIAL ISSUES WITH DIVORCE DECREES 
OR CHILD SUPPORT PROVISIONS THAT PRE-EXIST THE RETIREMENT DAY IF APPLICABLE. 

    I.  CASUALTY NOTIFICATION:  NOTIFICATION IS DESIGNATED ON THE DD FORM 93 
(RECORD OF EMERGENCY DATA/PAGE 2) AND THE SGLV 8286 (SERVICE MEMBERS' GROUP 
LIFE INSURANCE ELECTION AND CERTIFICATE) (DODI 1300.18).  THE DODI ALLOWS 
MEMBERS TO DESIGNATE ANY INDIVIDUALS IN ADDITION TO PRIMARY NEXT OF KIN (PNOK) 
AND SECONDARY NEXT OF KIN (SNOK) TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF A CASUALTY.  
MEMBERS MAY GO TO THEIR LOCAL PSD OR CPC FOR ASSISTANCE WITH UPDATING THEIR 
PAGE 2 AND SGLI.  MEMBERS SHOULD CONSULT THEIR COMMAND OR LOCAL LEGAL OFFICE 
FOR ASSISTANCE WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ON CASUALTY NOTIFICATION. 

    J.  ESCORTS FOR DEPENDENTS OF DECEASED OR MISSING MEMBERS:  
ESCORT ROUND TRIP TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL ALLOWANCES MAY BE PAID FOR TRAVEL 
PERFORMED AS AN ESCORT FOR DEPENDENTS OF A SM NOT LATER THAN ONE YEAR AFTER 
THE MEMBER DIES, IS MISSING, OR UNAVAILABLE TO ACCOMPANY DEPENDENTS (TITLE 10 
U.S.C. SECTION 1036).  ASSISTANCE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CASUALTY ASSISTANCE 
CALLS OFFICER (CACO) ASSIGNED TO THE DECEASED MEMBER'S FAMILY. 

    K.  DESIGNATION OF PERSONS HAVING INTEREST IN STATUS OF A MISSING MEMBER:  
MEMBER DESIGNATES IN WRITING THE PERSON OR PERSONS IN THEIR DD FORM 93 (RECORD 
OF EMERGENCY DATA/PAGE 2), IF ANY, OTHER THAN THAT PERSON'S PNOK OR IMMEDIATE 
FAMILY, TO WHOM INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS AND STATUS OF THE MEMBER SHALL 
BE PROVIDED (TITLE 10 U.S.C. SECTION 655 AND DODI 1300.18).  SM MAY GO TO 
THEIR LOCAL PSD OR CPC FOR ASSISTANCE WITH UPDATING THEIR PAGE 2.  MEMBERS 
SHOULD CONSULT THEIR COMMAND OR LOCAL LEGAL OFFICE FOR ASSISTANCE WITH 
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ON MISSING-MEMBER NOTIFICATION. 

    L.  VETERANS' GROUP LIFE INSURANCE (VGLI):   
POST-SEPARATION INSURANCE THAT ALLOWS SM TO CONVERT THEIR SGLI COVERAGE TO 
RENEWABLE TERM INSURANCE.  SERVICE MEMBER DESIGNATES BENEFICIARY(S) ON THE 
SGLI ELECTION AND CERTIFICATE, SGLV 8286 (TITLE 38 U.S.C. SECTION 1970). 
MEMBERS ARE GIVEN THE OPTION TO LIST ANYONE AS A BENEFICIARY UPON RETIREMENT 
FROM THE NAVY.  MEMBERS MAY GO TO THEIR LOCAL PSD FOR ASSISTANCE WITH ELECTING 
THEIR VGLI BENEFICIARY UPON RETIREMENT. 

    M.  PERSON ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE EFFECTS (PERE) OF DECEASED PERSONS:   
THE PERSON AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO RECEIVE THE PERSONAL EFFECTS OF A DECEASED 
MILITARY MEMBER.  RECEIPT OF PERSONAL EFFECTS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OWNERSHIP 
(TITLE 10 U.S.C. SECTION 4712 AND DODI 1300.18).  MEMBERS SHOULD CONSULT THEIR 
COMMAND OR LOCAL LEGAL OFFICE FOR ASSISTANCE WITH DESIGNATING A PERE.  IF NOT 
LEGALLY DESIGNATED, PERES WILL BE RECOGNIZED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:  
UNREMARRIED SURVIVING SPOUSE (AS DEFINED BY DOMA), CHILDREN, PARENTS, 
SIBLINGS, OTHER BLOOD RELATIVE, PERSON STANDING IN AS LOCO PARENTIS. 

    N.  TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION ALLOWANCE FOR YELLOW RIBBON REINTEGRATION 
PROGRAM EVENTS:  A RESERVE SERVICE MEMBER IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND A YELLOW 
RIBBON REINTEGRATION PROGRAM EVENT (RETURNING WARRIOR WORKSHOP) AND MAY 
DESIGNATE ONE OR MORE PERSONS TO ALSO ATTEND (TITLE 37 U.S.C.  SECTION 411 AND 
DODI 1342.28).  RESERVE MEMBERS MAY OBTAIN ATTENDANCE SLOTS FOR THEMSELVES AND 
THEIR GUEST(S) FOR THE WORKSHOPS THROUGH THEIR LOCAL NAVY OPERATIONAL SUPPORT 
CENTER. 
 
    O.  PERSON AUTHORIZED TO DIRECT DISPOSITION (PADD) OF THE REMAINS OF A 
DECEDENT WILL BE THE PERSON DESIGNATED BY THE DECEDENT ON THEIR DD FORM 93 
(RECORD OF EMERGENCY DATA/PAGE 2) AS THE PADD, REGARDLESS OF THE RELATIONSHIP 
OF THE DESIGNEE TO THE DECEDENT. ABSENT A SPECIFIC DESIGNATION OF A PADD ON DD 
FORM 93, THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS MAY BE DESIGNATED AS THE PADD:  THE 
SURVIVING SPOUSE (AS DEFINIED BY DOMA), BLOOD RELATIVES, ADOPTIVE RELATIVES, 
OR A PERSON 
STANDING IN LOCO PARENTIS TO THE DECEDENT (TITLE 10 U.S.C. SECTION 1482). 
MEMBERS MAY GO TO THEIR LOCAL PSD OR CPC FOR ASSISTANCE WITH UPDATING THEIR 
PAGE 2.

2.  MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO UPDATE THEIR BENEFICIARIES WHENEVER THEY HAVE A 
CHANGE IN STATUS TO AVOID THE UNDESIRED CONSEQUENCES OF PROVIDING A BENEFIT TO 
AN INDIVIDUAL WITH WHOM THEY HAVE DISCONTINUED AN ASSOCIATION.  ANY SM WHOSE 
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT CONTAINS TRUST LANGUAGE SHOULD SEE A LEGAL ASSISTANCE 
OFFICE BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO THEIR SGLI, DD-93/PAGE 2 AS THIS SITUATION 
HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE CONFUSION AS TO THE INTENDED BENEFICIARY OR 
BENEFICIARIES.

3.  A COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF ALL BENEFITS CAN BE FOUND IN THE NAVY PAY AND 
BENEFITS GUIDE WHICH IS LOCATED ONLINE ON THE NPC WEBPAGE AT THE FIRST LINK ON 
THE PAY AND BENEFITS PAGE UNDER THE CAREER INFO PULL DOWN MENU, 
HTTP://WWW.PUBLIC.NAVY.MIL/BUPERS-
NPC/CAREER/PAYANDBENEFITS/PAGES/DEFAULT2.ASPX.

4.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1//

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