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Essential Documents for Military Survivor Benefits


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Essential Documents Every Military Family Needs

Ensure your family has the required documents to secure survivor benefits and entitlements. Visit the AAFMAA Member Center and ensure you have uploaded copies of the following essential documents to your Digital Vault (as applicable to you) so we may access them in your time of need:

To apply for Military Benefits and Entitlements:

  • DD form 214
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decrees for you or your spouse
  • Death Certificate(s) for spouse/former spouse
  • VA award letter or VA rating decision (the official letter from VA which identifies the medical conditions that have been awarded service connection by the VA)
  • Trust pages (if beneficiary is on life insurance policy)
  • Recent Military Retired Pay Statement

Other Important Documents

  • Birth Certificates
  • Legal Documents (Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate plans)
  • Civil Service Pension
  • Information and documents for any disabled adult children
  • Non-AAFMAA life insurance policy information

Follow these simple instructions to upload digital copies of your essential documents to your secure Digital Vault in the AAFMAA Member Center. While you are there, please be sure to update any missing or inaccurate profile information.

Request your DD-214 from the National Archives