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Is there a special provision for beneficiaries of members who died before Sept. 1, 2005?

Yes, the Department of Defense (DoD) will pay a special death gratuity for deaths of employees that occurred under specific conditions on or after October 7, 2001 and prior to September 1, 2005 and it is offered only by the Department of Defense (DoD). This special gratuity will amount to $238,000 and include the following: A $150,000 SGLI payment (the difference between the old $250,000 SGLI coverage amount and the current $400,000 SGLI coverage amount), A $88,000 DoD death gratuity payment (the difference between the old $12,000 DoD death gratuity and the current $100,000 death gratuity.)

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