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Hello and welcome to the first Retiree Newsletter of 2024. Spring is finally here and hopefully everyone can go outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Here in Cleveland, we are looking forward to the total solar eclipse which will pass right over us on April 8th. I hope you can enjoy this rare astronomical event in your location. The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. isn’t happening until 2044!
In the meantime, we have great information about your retired pay in this edition. 
As you know, the deadline to file your federal income taxes is April 15, 2024. We have an article with helpful tax season tips for you. 
Did you know that DFAS can pay allotments out of your monthly retired pay? We also have a great article on this topic to help you manage those allotments. 
This edition has an informative article on Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) coverage for your current or former spouse. We also have a separate article with useful information on how your loved ones can be better prepared for when a retiree passes away. It’s never an easy topic, but it is important to keep everyone informed and prepared on what needs to be done. 
We also have a list of Retiree Appreciation Days that DFAS will participate in during 2024. These events are a great way to hear from many different organizations that can assist military retirees.  If you live near one of the events, please come and say “Hello.” 
Finally, we have several articles from our pay partners who want to share information with you, so be sure to take a look at those articles as well. 
Thank you for your dedication to our country. It is such a privilege to bring this information to you every quarter. I hope you find the information in here relevant and informative. If you do have a chance to observe the solar eclipse, please do so safely. And as always, it is our honor to serve those that served. 

March 27, 2024