In order to remain eligible for military benefits, sponsors who have disabled adult children must complete a financial dependency redetermination requirement every four years. If you fail to do so, it may result in a loss of DEERS eligibility and military benefits for the disabled dependent.
As of spring 2016, sponsors can avoid the headache of lengthy paperwork by completing a simple questionnaire online, in person or by mail. You may access the questionnaire online at milconnect.dmdc.mil with your CAC or DoD Self-Service (DS) Login. Navigate to “Dependency Redetermination” in the drop-down menu under the “Benefits.” Otherwise, you can visit your closest DoD ID card site in person, or call DEERS directly at 800-477-8227 for mail-in instructions.
If your responses to the questionnaire indicate no change in your financial dependency, then nothing additional is required. If your responses show a change, however, then you will need to submit a complete financial dependency redetermination package (Form DD 137-5).
DoD sends sponsors an email or postcard reminder up to 90 days before their redetermination deadline. However, it is a good idea to contact your local Service Project Office to be sure of when your dependent’s financial redetermination is due. If you have any questions about this process, email an AAFMAA Member Benefits representative at [email protected] or call 888-961-4432, select option 2, then option 2 again.
For more information about the redetermination process, visit DFAS Secondary Dependency.
This article was originally published October 17, 2018.