Scott AFB - Airman & Family Readiness Center
Scott AFB - Airman & Family Readiness Center


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Active Duty Casualty Information

What is a vRED? It’s a vital part of your military personnel file! The vRED provides the SOLE source of contact information for your primary next-of-kin, secondary next-of-kin, and other persons to notify in case of an injury, death or emergency.

  • The vRED also serves as the official document required by law for designating beneficiaries for Death Gratuity, Unpaid Pay and Allowances, and the Person  Authorized to Direct Disposition (PADD).

What do I need to do?

You MUST submit a new vRED now that you are stationed at Scott AFB. If this is your first military duty station or if you are a recent PCS move, you will still need to complete a vRED.

How do I submit my vRED?

Access the AF Portal website and Select Virtual MPF (vMPF). Select “Record of Emergency Data”. Complete the form and submit to AFPC.

  • Common errors in vREDs include the member’s current address not being current, and not providing contact information for next-of-kin or beneficiaries.
  • A member who does not provide contact information for family members will severely hamper the service providing notification as soon as an event occurs. For any questions please contact the Scott Casualty Assistance office at (618) 256-6508 for more information.

What is Death Gratuity?

Death Gratuity (DG) is a lump sum payment made by the Department of Defense to the survivors or other individuals identified by the service member on the vRED. The amount of Death Gratuity is $100,000.00 and is tax exempt.

  • A service member may designate one or more persons to receive all or a portion of the DG payment. The DG beneficiary does not have to be a relative, but can be anyone of your choosing.
  • You may designate anyone or several people of your choosing to receive death gratuity in 10% increments for a total of 100%. Although designating person(s) other than your spouse is authorized effective 1 July 2008.
  • Airmen who designate less than 100% to their spouse requires AFPC to provide written notification to the spouse advising of the Airman’s decision.

What is Unpaid Pay and Allowances?

Any pay or allowances due to the service member at the time of death will be paid to the designated beneficiary listed on the vRED. Service members have the right to name any person as beneficiary for money remaining due at time of death.

Who is the Person Authorized to
Direct Disposition ?

Decisions relating to funerals and burials are the responsibility of the Person Authorized to Direct Disposition of Human Remains (PADD). All service members are required to name a PADD on their vRED. A PADD must be a spouse, a blood relative of legal age, or adoptive relatives of the deceased member.

Naming Children as Beneficiaries

If you wish to name minors as beneficiaries, such as your own children, you MUST be aware that the proceeds of Death Gratuity and SGLI cannot be paid to a minor beneficiary without a court-appointed guardian.

  • The appointment of a guardian is often time consuming and costly. The cost of getting guardianship may include court fees, attorney fees, and other related expenses.
  • Those costs are the burden of the guardian and are NOT reimbursed by the government. Even if the guardian is a natural surviving parent, that person MUST get court appointed fiduciary guardianship of the child’s estate.

Life Insurance

Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Upon enlistment, servicemembers automatically have the maximum $400,000 of SGLI coverage. Servicemembers can decline or elect lesser amounts of coverage in writing in increments of $50,000. SGLI coverage stays in effect for 120 days after discharge.

  • Members who have SGLI automatically have TSGLI. SGLI Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI) TSGLI provides all servicemembers who have SGLI with traumatic injury protection.
  • TSGLI provides for a payment of up to $100,000 to members who incur a qualifying loss as the result of a traumatic injury.
  • TSGLI payments are designed to help injured members and their families with financial burdens associated with recovering from a severe injury. TSGLI can only be paid to the member who incurred the qualifying loss.


Family SGLI provides automatic coverage to the spouse of members who have SGLI coverage. Spouses are insured for $100,000 or the amount of the member’s coverage, whichever is less. Spousal insurance premiums are based upon the age of the spouse. Members MUST register their spouse in DEERS to ensure proper premiums are deducted.

  • Members can decline or elect less coverage for spouses, but not registering a spouse in DEERS is not the equivalent of declining spousal coverage. Dependent children are automatically covered for $10,000 at no cost to the member.
  • Effective 11/18/2009, the law expanded the SGLI program to include a member's "stillborn child" as an insurable dependent. This change applies only for stillbirths on or after 10/10/2008.
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