Reach Out to Your Lawmakers and Support Military Survivors

Reach Out to Your Lawmakers and Support Military Survivors
Photo by Sgt. Kayla Benson/Army

MOAA-supported legislation designed to benefit military survivors in the days after their loss could be added to the House version of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as a floor amendment.


The Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act (H.R. 2214) would prevent the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) from immediately recouping any of a retiree’s final retirement check; instead, survivors would be able to pay back any amount owed over 12 months, and would have the ability to request debt forgiveness.


MOAA and The Military Coalition, a group of organizations collectively representing nearly 5.5 million members of the military community, have supported the legislation.


[TAKE ACTION: Ask Your Lawmakers to Support the Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act]


Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Michael Turner (R-Ohio) introduced the bipartisan House legislation in March. A bipartisan Senate version was introduced in May by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass).


The bill would prevent potentially disastrous financial penalties for survivors, some of which could face unexpected overdraft fees in the immediate aftermath of their loss. Forgetting to notify DFAS of a retirees’ death can trigger a large recoupment and potentially empty a bank account.


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The House will begin its floor debate and amendment process the week of Sept. 20. Now is the time to bring this amendment to your lawmakers’ attention: Send a message in support of the Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act today.


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Kevin Lilley
Kevin Lilley

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