Up-to-date emergency data critical for family readiness
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- "It's not going to happen to me," is probably something each of the Sailors who died in 2013 was thinking. Considering only one percent of these deaths were in theater, it is important that Sailors prepare for the unexpected, Navy Casualty officials said Jan. 17.
"Sailors often don't take the time to to update their record of emergency data (NAVPERS 1070/602, or Page 2), or their Service Members' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) elections. While command leadership works diligently to ensure their Sailors have done this, the best and most reliable person to ensure records are up to date, is you," said Cheryl Dockery, branch head, Navy Casualty Operations.
"We take the death of a Sailor very seriously, and intend to provide for the primary next of kin and each additional beneficiary as compassionately and professionally as possible," Dockery said. "Too many times we've discovered that Sailors don't take the time to update their Record of Emergency Data (Page 2), or their SGLI, and that causes undue stress for their families. We only have the Sailor's documents to rely on - when there is a discrepancy, we are obligated to ensure payments are made in accordance with the Sailor's desires."
Sailors are encouraged to review their current documents in the Electronic Service Record (ESR), and check their Leave and Earning Statement (LES) to ensure the deductions for SGLI premiums match their intent.
"We need Sailors - and commands, for that matter - to be proactive in encouraging regular reviews and updates of beneficiaries and Page 2s. They should also keep hard copies of all documents on hand," said Dockery.
According to Dockery, there are more than 4,000 Sailors who have elected zero (SGLI) coverage and more than 10,000 who elected less than the full $400,000 coverage available.
"While saving the premium costs may seem like a good idea, when a Sailor dies leaving their family with little or no money to continue, it doesn't seem like a good place to have conserved," Dockery said.
Contact the Personnel Support Detachment or personnel office if changes to beneficiary data are needed.
For more information on death benefits, Sailors should contact the Navy Casualty Assistance office at 1-800-368-3202/(901) 874-2501/DSN 882-2501 or call the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC, e-mail CSCMailbox@navy.mil or visit NPC's website at www.npc.navy.mil.