Personnel Records Readiness: Are you protecting your family?

Airmen are reminded to review such items as their virtual record of emergency data, or vRed, and personal information in the Virtual Military Personnel Flight at http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

Airmen are reminded to review such items as their virtual record of emergency data, or vRed, and personal information in the Virtual Military Personnel Flight at http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Safeguarding important papers is something we all have been taught to do. Some of us lock them in a box underneath the bed; others store them in a safety deposit box, or tuck them away in a 'secret' coffee can. Whatever the method, we know these papers must be kept safe.

But what is the point in securing these papers if they don't protect your family?

When is the last time you checked to ensure your Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance and virtual record of emergency data were accurate? Do they reflect the major changes that have occurred in your life?

"Airmen must take the time to ensure their SGLI and record of emergency data are always updated to reflect their current circumstances," said Mr. Tom Perry, chief of the Air Force casualty matters division at the Air Force Personnel Center here. "The designations and information Airmen provide via these documents are binding and the Air Force will carry them out as the members wishes."

SGLI is paid to the designated beneficiary listed on the election form regardless of that person's current relationship to the insured servicemember. Have you remarried, recently divorced or setup a trust? All these events could require an update to your SGLI beneficiary.

Likewise, these same events could drive the need for an update to your virtual Record of Emergency Data. vRED data is used to notify designated next-of-kin family members in the case of any emergency. This information ensures the Air Force will be able to notify your loved of ones of your status in a timely manner.

The record of emergency data also allows you to instruct the Air Force on other matters should the unthinkable happen. You can select who will receive your unpaid pay and allowances, your death gratuity, and who will determine the disposition of your remains.
"Keeping your SGLI and vRED up-to-date is one of your most important responsibilities as an Airman," said Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC commander. "It helps your Air Force family to take care of your family in an emergency."

For information and instructions on updating your SGLI and vRED visit the Air Force Personnel Center Web site or call the Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775, select option 1, 1, 2.