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)

Oct
1
Thu
SBA Entrepreneurship Track @ A&FRC
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Entrepreneurship Track 2 day, workshop conducted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for veterans interested starting up and operating their own business. Must register at least 10 days in advance, government contractor require 10 day notice and minimum of 8 participates. Call 434-2790 to register.

 

Oct
2
Fri
SBA Entrepreneurship Track @ A&FRC
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Entrepreneurship Track 2 day, workshop conducted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for veterans interested starting up and operating their own business. Must register at least 10 days in advance, government contractor require 10 day notice and minimum of 8 participates. Call 434-2790 to register.

 

Oct
7
Wed
Resumes and Cover Letters for Results @ A&FRC
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Resumes and Cover Letters for Results @ A&FRC

Workshop developing resumes and cover letters that will bring results.  Please call 662-434-2790 to register.

Oct
8
Thu
Key Spouse Continuing Education
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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

Oct
13
Tue
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club

The next Wing Newcomers Orientation will be held on Sep 15 from 0800-1200. in the Kaye Auditorium. This event is mandatory for all newly arrived military and DoD civilian personnel. The event’s foundation is the base’s mobile App, so if you are registered, please locate and download the Columbus Air Force Base App from the App Store prior to attending. 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

 

Oct
14
Wed
Key Spouse Training @ A&FRC
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Anyone interested in attending, please contact A&FRC at 434-2839 or 434-279  for more information.

Oct
20
Tue
Plan My Move- Smooth Move @ A&FRC
Oct 20 @ 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) 434-2790 to register.

 

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Oct
21
Wed
Key Spouse Mentor Training @ A&FRC
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

If you need to complete Key Spouse Mentor training, Please call 434-2839/2790 for more information.

 

(Virtual) Wellness Wednesday-Stress Management
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Oct
22
Thu
Heart Link/Spouse Welcome @ Airman & Family Readiness Center @ A&FRC
Oct 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

This spouse orientation program is designed for spouses new to the military or new to Columbus AFB. This is a great opportunity to increase knowledge of the Air Force mission, customs, traditions, protocols and available programs and services in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Make new friends while learning more about Air Force life. To register and more information please call (662) 434-2790.

 

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