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)

Sep
13
Mon
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop @ AFRC
Sep 13 – Sep 17 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) 434-2631.

Sep
21
Tue
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
Sep 21 @ 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

 

Sep
22
Wed
Wellness Wednesday @ A&FRC
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wellness Wednesday is designed to utilize lectures, discussions, and experiential learning activities to increase awareness and knowledge about the selected topic

 

Sep
23
Thu
Music on the Patio @ A&FRC
Sep 23 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am

Plan My Move- Smooth Move @ A&FRC
Sep 23 @ 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

Sep
27
Mon
DoL Vocational Track @ A&FRC
Sep 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conducted by GBX Consultants, private company contracted by DVA. Must register 10 days prior, company requires 10 days notification and must have minimum of 8 participates to make. Call 434-2790 to register.

 

 

Sep
28
Tue
DoL Vocational Track @ A&FRC
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conducted by GBX Consultants, private company contracted by DVA. Must register 10 days prior, company requires 10 days notification and must have minimum of 8 participates to make. Call 434-2790 to register.

 

 

Sep
30
Thu
Music on the Patio @ A&FRC
Sep 30 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am

Oct
7
Thu
Music on the Patio @ A&FRC
Oct 7 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am

Oct
14
Thu
Music on the Patio @ A&FRC
Oct 14 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am