Preparing to Storm for the Widows

March 10, 2017

MOAA will “Storm the Hill” in April 2017 on several issues including repeal of the SBP-DIC offset, often referred to as the “Widows Tax.” 

The offset is truly unfair and we have been working to repeal it for more than 15 years. Outright repeal would cost approximately $8 billion at this juncture and budget dollars are very tight right now. 

In 2007, Congress recognized the “unfairness” of the offset and authorized the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) as a vehicle to repeal the offset gradually, in a manner similar to concurrent receipt of disability pay. However, SSIA will expire in May 2018 - unless Congress extends the allowance. 

MOAA Government Relations Vice President Col. Dan Merry, USAF (Ret); Director of Survivor, Tax, and Social Security Issues Col. Phil Odom, USAF (Ret); and Director of Policy and Advocacy for Currently Serving and Retired Affairs Col. Mike Barron, USA (Ret), met on Thursday with professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee about securing funding to extend SSIA beyond its scheduled expiration date of May 2018. Most of the discussion centered on securing support from senior leadership in the House and Senate to make this a priority issue. 

Stay tuned for updates following our storming event and watch for the April issue of Military Officer Magazine for personal stories from three surviving spouses. 

 

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