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Airmen must take time to update SGLI, vRed

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. -- Safeguarding important papers is something servicemembers have been taught to do. Many lock them in a box underneath a bed; many others store them in a safety deposit box or tuck them away in a 'secret' coffee can.

Whatever the method, these papers must be kept safe.

But what is the point in securing these important papers if they don't protect your family? Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance and virtual record of emergency data must be checked to ensure they are accurate. Do they reflect significant life changes?

Airmen must take the time to ensure their SGLI and record of emergency data are always updated to reflect their current circumstances. The designations and information Airmen provide via these documents are binding and the Air Force will carry them out as the member's wish.

SGLI is paid to the designated beneficiary listed on the election form regardless of that person's current relationship to the insured servicemember. Have you remarried, recently divorced or setup a trust? All of these events could require an update to your SGLI beneficiary.

Likewise, these same events could drive the need for an update to your virtual Record of Emergency Data. vRED data is used to notify designated next-of-kin family members in the case of any emergency. This information ensures the Air Force will be able to notify family members of your status efficiently. The record of emergency data also allows Airmen to instruct the Air Force on other matters should the unthinkable happen. Airmen can select who will receive unpaid pay and allowances, death gratuity and determine the disposition of your remains.

Keeping SGLI and vRED up to date is among an Airmen's most important responsibilities. It allows the Air Force family to take care of an Airman's family in an emergency.

For further information or to update contact the Casualty Assistance Representative at 603-430-3514.
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