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Secret Service Agents’ Health, Disability and Life Insurance Benefits

On Wednesday, July 18th, 2018, ‘CNN Breaking News’ announced that a Secret Service agent died after suffering a stroke on the job. A stroke affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the 5th cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.


“Special Agent Noel E. Remagen (Age 42) was working on protection detail for National Security Adviser, John Bolton on the midnight shift when he was found to be unresponsive by colleagues at Trump's Turnberry resort Saturday night. Remagen was quickly attended to by a White House doctor and Secret Service colleagues before being rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where he passed away on Sunday, a law enforcement source told CNN. Remagen is survived by a wife and two small children and was the son of a retired Secret Service employee.”


Shortly thereafter a GoFundMe appeal appeared on Social Media. My question was simply this. “(Name Omitted) ...explain to me why a 19 - year veteran in the Secret Service that died on active duty needs help with post funeral arrangements. Please help me understand this.  No... I am not confusing this with military service.”

 
I did get varied responses. None of which was close to the truth. So, I responded with...“(Name Omitted}, I come in peace. Secret Service agents get great federal health benefit plans and very low-cost life insurance up to $400,000. (Actually, it is $600,000) Sick leave accumulated at the rate of 13 days per year without limit. The agent died on duty. He would be entitled to comprehensive retirement benefits (retirement credit is granted for prior federal military or government service, as authorized). Get an advisor involved for this family’s sake pal. Jim”


The fact of the matter is the fact that the United States Secret Services provide robust employee benefits for it employees. Let’s take a deeper dive.


The United States Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and more than 150 offices throughout the United States and abroad. Established in 1865 solely to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, today the Secret Service is mandated by Congress to carry out the integrated missions of protection and investigations.

 

The Secret Service is recognized for the physical protection it provides to the nation’s highest elected leaders, visiting foreign dignitaries, facilities, and major events.  So, who protects them?


SAMBA Federal Employee Health Benefits Association does. SAMBA is open to employees and retirees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The United States Secret Service (also USSS or Secret Service) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security. SAMBA also provide coverage for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Internal Revenue Service criminal investigation division and other law enforcement components.


Secret Service Agents are eligible for many benefits, beyond their base salaries, as federal employees. These include:

 

So, my question, “explain to me why a 19 - year veteran of the Secret Service that dies on active duty needs help with post funeral arrangements. Please help me understand this.” was really a rhetorical one as I knew the answer.  Hope this helps. Again, as always…my goal is to Inform, Educate and Empower.


God, bless the men and women who protect us. We honor them now while they are alive…not only when they die. They are our American Heroes.