Airmen, Guardians urged to update vRED, SOES

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Airmen and Guardians should routinely review and update their virtual Record of Emergency Data (vRED) and Servicemembers’ Online Enrollment System (SOES).

The vRED is a central repository for emergency contact information should an Airman or Guardian become severely ill, injured, wounded or deceased. Servicemembers are required to review and update vRED information annually, before deploying and each time they experience a major life change such as marriage or divorce, permanent change of station or birth of a child.

The vRED can be accessed through AFPC secure by clicking here and selecting vMPF.

“Accurate emergency contact information is crucial to family readiness," emphasized Brian Angell, Air Force Casualty Services branch chief at the Air Force’s Personnel Center. “In the event of an unexpected incident, we want to be able to contact and support Airmen’s and Guardians’ loved ones without delay.”

Angell explained that failing to update records not only impacts contact procedures but also impacts benefit recipients.

For example, the Casualty Office must abide by the information on vRED, whether updated or not. When Airmen and Guardians maintain accurate vRED and SOES information, the correct information is available to the Casualty Office and it also protects and provides for designated next of kin and beneficiaries. 

In addition to updating the vRED, maintaining current SOES elections is equally important. SOES is a self-service application for Airmen and Guardians to make changes to their Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) elections.

Airmen and Guardians can update and verify their SGLI and FSGLI coverage and beneficiary elections 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. SOES can be accessed by clicking here.

For more information, visit myFSS, and search “SOES” or ”vRED”. Members can also contact the casualty assistance representative at the nearest Air Force or Space Force base or other military installations.