Shortly after my husband, Col. (Ret.) Max B. Scheider died, I learned that I am denied $1,319.04 per month of my husband’s earned, paid-in-full military benefits.
As a surviving spouse, I am entitled to a monthly VA benefit called the Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and a paid for military annuity called the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).
Federal law requires a $1 reduction in SBP annuity for each $1 received in DIC. For many surviving spouses, the SBP/DIC offset eliminates the SBP annuity, leaving a meager annual income of $15,828 ($1,319.04 X 12 months).
I am working alongside other military widows and active duty spouses to pass legislation that will right this wrong. H.R. 553 and S.622: The Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act will eliminate the SBP-DIC Offset for over 65,000 military widows nationwide.