Military Spousal Benefits (POC Rule)
The Department of Defense (DOD) is offering the same benefits to same-sex spouses and different-sex spouses, regardless of where the couple resides. The DOD is also granting leave for service members who live more than 100 miles from a place where they can legally marry to travel and get married.
Although initially a small number of state National Guard units refused to offer benefits to same-sex spouses, all of them are now in compliance.
- All State National Guard Units Now Provide Same-Sex Spousal Benefits
- December 13, 2013 Press Release
- ID Card Interim Rule
Same-sex married couples are eligible to participate in the Survivor Benefit Program (SBP), regardless of where they reside. Retirees have until June 25, 2014 to enroll their same-sex spouse.
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) issued an interim final rule that it will use the “Place Of Celebration (POC)” to determine whether a participant is married.