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If the Department of Defense reports a service member's death on active duty but the report is later found to be incorrect, what is the effect on benefits paid?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

1923. If the Department of Defense reports a service member's death on active duty but the report is later found to be incorrect, what is the effect on benefits paid?

If the Department of Defense makes an incorrect report of the death of a service member on active duty, payments made to survivors are considered correct for the months before we were informed that the service member was alive. Repayments do not need to be made.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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