This is coolbert:
Military paperwork. The bane of soldiers and in this case disastrous consequences for a married couple.
Designated recipient of death gratuity for Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance policy paperwork not corrected in time following marriage and overseas deployment of servicemember.. Widow will not receive benefits and payout.
Article by Toni Caushi, Worcester Telegram & Gazette May 2, 2022.
"After the death of Marine Corps Capt. Ross Reynolds during a training exercise in Norway on March 18, widow Lana Reynolds found herself not only grappling with the devastation of loss but also with financial burdens, according to her father, Tom Wando."
"The couple were married on Feb. 9, four days before the 27-year-old Marine's deployment to Norway."
"Wando said that in January, when Reynolds, of Leominster, was made aware of his deployment to Norway, he had designated someone other than his then-girlfriend Lana to receive the funds in case of his death. Reynolds had done the same for the death gratuity of $100,000, which is given to a designated surviving person in the case of a military member's death, according to Wando."
"Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, which provides life insurance for active-duty service members."
THE DECEASED MARRIED ONLY FOUR DAYS BEFORE DEPLOYMENT OVERSEAS. CHANGES TO PAPERWORK NOT COMPLETED IN TIME.
Simple as that and no way around the issue of beneficiary. Paper work done correctly 100 % so and nothing other than that will suffice. Happens more often than you would like to believe.
WARNING: If you are an active-duty servicemember of what ever branch of the military, visit your personnel department tomorrow without fail and examine your SGLI paperwork to see that it is correct according to your wishes and properly filled out. A must!