The first step to receiving assistance and benefits for a veteran’s death is to report it to the appropriate agencies.
Social Security can be notified by calling 1-800-772-1213.
The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) can be notified by calling 1-800-538-9552.
- If the veteran is also a retiree, the Defense Finance and Accounting service should be notified by calling the Retiree Casualty Section of the DFAS at 1-800-269-5170.
You can also file DFAS Form 9221 online using DFAS’s Fast Form option at http://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/forms.html.
- If the veteran is also a current or retired federal civilian employee, the Office of Personnel Management should be notified by calling 1-888-767-6738.
The VA should be notified depending on the benefits the veteran was receiving or the programs the veteran was enrolled in.
- If the veteran was receiving disability compensation or a pension, call the Veterans Benefits Administration at 1-800-827-1000.
- If the veteran was enrolled in a VA-sponsored life insurance policy, call the VA at 1-800-669-8477.
If the veteran was also a retiree enrolled in the Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance plan, call the VA at 1-800-419-1473.