An Air Force Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) provides prompt casualty reporting, dignified casualty notifications, and compassionate follow-on assistance to the next-of-kin.
Other services and programs that are provided to the military community include, but are not limited to; Record of Emergency Data (RED), Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI), and Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI).
Survivor Benefit plan (SBP):
An Air Force Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) counselor is mandated to meet with retiring USAF service members to provide a briefing on survivor benefits. SBP is a government program which makes it possible for retiring members to ensure that after their death, their eligible survivors will receive a portion of their military retired pay in the form of a monthly annuity.
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. SBP is the sole means for a member to continue a portion of their military retired pay to their eligible survivors.
For Military Retirees:
A CAR/SBP counselor can explain the Retiree Account Statement (RAS) provided by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and assist with making changes to a retirees DFAS pay account.
Upon the death of a retiree, a CAR can help the next-of-kin notify DFAS, notify the VA and assist with claims for each agency.
- Defense Finance and Accounting Service: https://www.dfas.mil/
- Department of Veterans Affairs: https://www.va.gov/
- Navy Burial at Sea: https://www.navy.mil/navydata/questions/burial.html