Casualty Services & Survivor Benefits

Casualty Services & Survivor Benefits
DSN 742-2720   CAR 001
Commercial: (662) 434-2720
FAX: (662) 434-2483
EMAIL:14FSS.FSH.ColumbusAFRC@us.af.mil

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri:  7:30 am – 4:30 pm


Casualty Services                

The Columbus AFB Casualty Services Program primary goals are to provide prompt, accurate reporting, dignified and humane notification, and efficient, thorough, and compassionate assistance to the next of kin for as long as needed. The Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) also works closely with survivors of retired members to ensure potential benefits are applied for in a timely manner. The CAR provides assistance to an average of 60+ retired members’ families each year. Entitlements can range from Military Retired Pay, Veterans Administration benefits, Office of Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance, and Social Security.  

Click here to view the Retiree Member brochure  

Getting your affairs in order?  Click on the Retiree Supporting Documents link and print to keep with your important paperwork.

Supporting Documents for Retiree Entitlements  

Casualty Assistance Links

The Veterans Administration

Retired Pay

Military Records Storage

Social Security

Military One Source–Active Duty (Casualty information)

Report the Death of a Retiree

Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)

Military pay stops when a member dies. The SBP is a government program, which makes it possible for retiring members to ensure that after their death, their eligible survivors receive a portion of their military retired pay in the form of a monthly annuity. The SBP was structured so that a surviving spouse cannot outlive the annuity, and it has Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) incorporated so the annuity increases with inflation. An active duty member who has eligible dependents is automatically covered by SBP at the maximum level at no cost to the member while he/she remains on active duty. Prior to retiring, each member must decide whether to continue SBP coverage into retirement. The retired pay of those members who elect to participate is reduced by monthly premiums. The SBP is a unique plan: Government-subsidized premiums deducted from a participating member’s retired pay before taxes. The SBP is the sole means for a member to continue a portion of their military retired pay to their eligible survivors. If a member chooses (with the concurrence of their spouse) not to participate in the SBP, an annuity cannot be paid.      

SBP Links

New  SBP-DIC Offset Repeal FAQ

SBP Student Eligibility 101

Survivor’s Benefit Plan Information

Military One Source (SBP)

Apr
12
Mon
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Senior Workshop @ AFRC
Apr 12 – Apr 16 all-day
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Senior Workshop @ AFRC

0730-1600

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop held at AFRC is mandatory for all personnel separating or retiring, Pre-separation counseling is required before attending. Seminars on: Transition, Military Occupational Code Crosswalk, Financial Planning, Health Benefits, MS Dept of Employment Security, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Disabled TAP, Dept of Labor TAP portion. Preseparation counseling is required before attending. Recommend attendance 8 – 12 months prior to separation/retirement. Spouses are encouraged to attend with their sponsor. To register call (662) 434-2839.

Apr
16
Fri
Hearts Apart Social For Deployed Families @ Freedom Park
Apr 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please come out for some free food, fellowship and family fun at Freedom Park from 4:30-6:30pm on Friday 16 April 2021. If interested, please reply by 9 April 2021 so we know how much food to provide. If you have any questions please contact; MSgt David S. Burns Readiness NCO Airman & Family Readiness Center Columbus Air Force Base, MS 39710-7901 Tele: (662) 434-2794

Apr
20
Tue
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
  A workshop introducing arriving personnel and their family members to the key personnel and services located on the base. Mandatory voting assistance information is provided. Normally conducted once a month for military and civilian newcomers to the base.

. Pre-registration is required, so please contact your unit CSS to be registered. For more information, please call the A&FRC Relocation Manager at (662) 434-2701

Events are subject to change due to COVID-19, so please contact A&FRC to confirm all events

 

Apr
21
Wed
Key Spouse Initial Training via Zoom @ A&FRC
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Key Spouse Initial Training via Zoom @ A&FRC

<>Initial Key Spouse Training.  Call 662-434-2839 or 662-434-2790 for details.

<https://www.columbusafbliving.com/airmen-family-readiness-center/key-spouse-program/

Apr
22
Thu
Plan My Move- Smooth Move @ A&FRC
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Updated information about relocating held at AFRC. TMO, Housing, Military Pay, Billeting, Tri-Care, Medical Records, and A&FRC, spouses are encourage attend call (662) 434-2701 or 662-434-2790 to register.

 

moving

Apr
26
Mon
Key Spouse Continuing Education via Zoom
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Key Spouse Continuing Education via Zoom

Key Spouse Continuing Education Training.  For all Current Key Spouses. Call 434-2839 or 434-2790 for details and to RSVP.

May
3
Mon
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop @ AFRC
May 3 – May 7 all-day
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop @ AFRC

0730-1600

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop held at AFRC is mandatory for all personnel separating or retiring, Pre-separation counseling is required before attending. Seminars on: Transition, Military Occupational Code Crosswalk, Financial Planning, Health Benefits, MS Dept of Employment Security, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Disabled TAP, Dept of Labor TAP portion. Preseparation counseling is required before attending. Recommend attendance 8 – 12 months prior to separation/retirement. Spouses are encouraged to attend with their sponsor. To register call (662) 434-2839.

May
7
Fri
Military Spouse Appreciation Scavenger Hunt
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Military Spouse Appreciation Scavenger Hunt
  Sponsored by the A&FRC Scavenger hunt (AFRC Programs) outside base club.
May
12
Wed
Federal USAJobs Workshop @ A&FRC
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

usajobsWorkshop on writing resumes, applications, and job search. Learn how to maneuver the federal job website and prepare a federal resume.

Class size limited to 10, Masks are required.

Must sign up in advance–call 434-2631 or 434-2790.

May
13
Thu
Bundles for Babies (Via Zoom) @ A&FRC
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Bundles for Babies (Via Zoom) @ A&FRC

 

For Active Duty families assigned to Columbus AFB who are expecting or have
a child up to 4 months of age. An Air Force Aid Society program with
presentations about topics such as TriCare, Child Care, Breastfeeding, Car
Seat Safety, Labor & Delivery.

DSN 742-2790/2839
Commercial: (662) 434-2790/2839
FAX: (662) 434-2483