Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA)

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

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The Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) was a benefit for Surviving Spouses who received a Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity that was offset by a Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payment from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

Prior to 2023, when a Spouse was eligible to receive SBP and DIC, and the SBP payment was subject to the SBP-DIC Offset, the Spouse also received the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA).

The Special Survivors Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) will no longer be paid after the January 3, 2023 payment, because SSIA was only paid to Spouses who had their SBP payment offset by DIC.

For additional information, please go to the DFAS Understanding SBP, DIC and SSIA webpage.

Additional Information

Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Division (CMAOD):

To obtain a detailed estimate of your survivor benefits, including SBP payments to eligible dependents, visit the MyArmyBenefits Survivor Calculator (CAC or DS Logon account needed):

DFAS “Understanding SBP-DIC-SSIA” website:

Document Review Date: 30 April 2023