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NEWS | June 30, 2023

Survivor benefits program open season guidelines and YOU!

By Wendy Cole 802nd Force Support Squadron

Are you interested in enrolling in or discontinuing your Survivor Benefit Plan coverage? If so, now may be your opportunity as the SBP Open Season runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2024.

The SBP is a Department of Defense program that provides a monthly payment to eligible survivors of military retirees after the retiree passes away. The SBP Open Season is a period during which eligible participants can enroll in or cancel their SBP coverage.

According to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the SBP Open Season allows for retirees receiving retired pay, eligible members, or former members awaiting retired pay who were NOT enrolled in SBP or Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan as of Dec. 22, 2022, to enroll. Members who enroll during the SBP Open Season pay retroactive SBP premium costs that would have been paid if the member had enrolled at retirement or another earlier date.

DFAS also states the Open Season allows eligible members and former members who were enrolled as of Dec. 22, 2022, to permanently discontinue their SBP coverage.

Overall, the NDAA 2023 SBP Open Season is an opportunity for eligible participants to review and adjust their SBP coverage to better meet their needs and those of their beneficiaries.

More information on the NDAA 2023 Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Open Season can be found here:

For assistance in the Joint Base San Antonio area, call one of the JBSA Military and Family Readiness Centers and ask to speak to a Survivor Benefit Plan Counselor at JBSA-Lackland at 210-671-3216/3243/3796; at JBSA-Randolph at 210-652-2104/2480/5321; or at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston at 210-808-0171.