The virtual Record of Emergency Data (vRED) satisfies the requirement of the DD Form 93 and is the official source document required by law for Airmen to provide the Air Force emergency contact information and beneficiary designations in the event an Airman becomes a casualty. Benefits include unpaid pay and allowances and a $100,000 death gratuity to aid survivors in meeting immediate expenses.
Please keep in mind the Death Gratuity benefit is only paid if the Airman dies while in military status or traveling to/from military status (AFI 36-3002, Casualty Services, para 4.9)
AFI 36-2254, Reserve Personnel Participation Volume 1 for AFR and ANGI 36-2001, Management of Training and Operational Support within the Air National Guard for ANG, defines status as:
Active Duty (AD)
Military Personnel Appropriation (MPA) / Reserve Personnel Appropriation (RPA) orders/Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS)
Annual Training (AT) or Special Training (ST)
Full-time National Guard duty
Active Guard/Reserve; Reservist
Active Guard/Reserve; Guardsmen
Active Duty for Training (ADT) for AFR or Formal School Training (FST) for ANG
Inactive Duty Training (IDT)
Unit Training Assembly (UTA)
Readiness Management Period (RMP)
Additional Flying Training Period (AFTP)
Additional Ground Training Period (AGTP)
The death gratuity benefit is provided free of charge to Airmen and should not be confused with Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI). The vRED also mandates the designation of a Person Authorized to Direct Disposition (PADD) to take custody of the remains and to make decisions regarding funeral arrangements.
When important life-changing events such as marriage/divorce or a change in address/contact information occurs, vRED should be updated as soon as possible. Delays in next of kin notification are most often associated with incomplete or outdated information. Completion and annual validation of the vRED is mandatory and ultimately each Airman’s responsibility. Having a complete and accurate vRED ensures the Air Force Casualty Services Branch can provide prompt and accurate casualty reporting, dignified and humane casualty notifications, and thorough and compassionate follow-on assistance to surviving families.
POINTS OF CONTACT
For additional information please contact your Casualty Assistance Representative within the Airman & Family Readiness Center on your installation.