Many families of children with disabilities are also military families. One benefit that may be available for these children is the military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). The SBP will pay up to 55% of the military member's retirement pay to a spouse or a dependent child when the retiree dies. The benefit is adjusted annually for inflation. The military member also has the option to select a lower benefit at a lower cost and has the option to choose coverage for only the spouse, spouse and children, or only children.
If a member wants to decline SBP coverage entirely, then the member can only do that with the written consent of the spouse. If a member selects spouse and children coverage, then the children do not receive SBP until after the death of the military retiree and the retiree's spouse. The member's military retirement pay is reduced by approximately 6.5% for spousal coverage, and the member pays approximately $20 per month for dependent children coverage.
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