What is the Service Death Gratuity?
The Service Death Gratuity is listed as part of Military Compensation on the official website http://militarypay.defense.gov/Benefits/Death-Gratuity/
The death gratuity program provides for a special tax free payment of $100,000. Payed to eligible survivors of members of the Armed Forces, who fall either while on active duty or while serving in certain reserve statuses. The death gratuity is the same regardless of the cause of death.
The longstanding purpose of the death gratuity has been to provide immediate cash payment to assist survivors. For those of deceased members of the Armed forces to meet their financial needs. Both during the period immediately following a member’s death and before other survivor benefits, if any, become available.
The Service Death Gratuity Payment
A payment of $100,000 for survivors of those whose deaths under the following conditions:
A member of an armed force under his jurisdiction who dies while on active duty or while performing authorized travel to or from active duty
A Reserve of an armed force who dies while on inactive duty training (with exceptions)
Any Reserve of an armed force who assumed an obligation to perform active duty for training. Or inactive duty training (with exceptions) and who perishes while traveling directly to or from that active duty for training or inactive duty training
Any member of a reserve officers’ training corps. Who dies while performing annual training duty under orders for a period of more than 13 days. Or while performing authorized travel to or from that annual training duty. Or any applicant for membership in a reserve officers’ training corps. Who dies while attending field training or a practice cruise. Or while performing authorized travel to or from the place where they conduct the training or cruise.
A person who dies while traveling to or from or while at a place for final acceptance. Or for entry upon active duty (other than for training), in an armed force, who has been ordered or directed to go to that place, and who
Has been provisionally accepted for that duty; or
Has been selected for service in that armed force.
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