Officials urge Airmen to update SGLI, vRED information

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Airman and Family Readiness Center officials here urge Airmen to take the time to ensure their Service members' Group Life Insurance, or SGLI, and Record of Emergency Data reflect their current life circumstances.

The designations and information provided via these documents are binding and the Department of Defense will carry them out as the member last requested.

“SGLI is paid to the designated beneficiary listed on the election form regardless of that person's current relationship to the insured service member,” said Michael Glover, A&FRC casualty assistance representative.

He added that Airmen should update their information if they have recently married, divorced or had a child.

“All of these events require an update to a member's SGLI beneficiary,” Glover said.

Likewise, these same events could drive the need for an update to Airmen’s virtual Record of Emergency Data. Officials use this to contact designated next-of-kin family members in the case of an emergency.

“This information ensures the Air Force will be able to notify family members of their status more efficiently,” Glover said. “It also allows Airmen to instruct the Air Force on other matters should they pass away.”

Airmen can select the person to notify in case of an emergency, that person’s address, who will receive unpaid salary and allowances, death gratuity and determine the disposition of remains.

“Keeping SGLI and vRED up to date is among an Airman’s most important responsibilities,” Glover said. “It allows the Air Force family to take care of an Airman’s family in case of an emergency.”

Personnel can update their SGLI through milConnect and RED through vMPF.

For further information about updating SGLI or RED, contact the Military Personnel Section at 781-225-1320.