No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, [...]

Court gives widows green light to sue

By Tom Philpott A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has given a green light to three military widows to sue the government for a combined $105,000 — the accumulated value of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments that, the widows contend, have been unlawfully withheld since Dec. 16, 2003. In a 24-page opinion denying the [...]