18, 2011 -- America has now been at war since October 2001, almost 10 years of putting Soldiers in harm's way.
Ten years of rushing Soldiers through personnel-readiness checks to provide them the opportunity to update their emergency data and life-insurance beneficiary information.
By law, this person must be the spouse or a blood relative.
It is in their best interest for Soldiers to select the right person to ensure compliance with their wishes.
Additionally, the DD Form 93 is the official document that designates beneficiaries for death gratuity, or DG, unpaid pay and allowances, or UPPA and appoints the Person Authorized to Direct Disposition, or PADD.
Over the past few years, CMAOC has detected some issues with Soldiers' casualty documents.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, has contracted with Prudential Insurance to provide low-cost life insurance to all Soldiers who wish to have coverage.They leave death gratuity to a minor child, not knowing that DFAS cannot pay out the entitlement to an underage beneficiary.The guardian, even the biological parent, must go to court and have themselves declared guardian of the child, after which DFAS will pay the guardian on behalf of the child.When HR specialists don't ask Soldiers this question and explain it, Soldiers sometimes fail to update death-gratuity beneficiaries after a divorce.They choose an organization or another non-human entity that cannot be paid according to the law.