SBP/DIC Offset Bill Reintroduced
Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, reintroduced the “Military Surviving Equity Act” in the 113th Congress to eliminate the SBP/DIC offset for widows and widowers of service members. Currently, the Department of Defense’s Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) is offset, dollar-for-dollar, by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) plan. This bill (H.R. 32) seeks to eliminate the offset, also known as the “widow’s tax,” for approximately 60,000 survivors of military personnel. Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their representatives to support this legislation.