Beneficiary of Unpaid Pay, DOD Military Pay and Allowance Committee Action No. 527

B-187037: Oct 22, 1976

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In this decision, requested by the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), the word "person," as used in 10 U.S.C. 2771(a), interpreted to include a legal entity other than a natural person. Therefore, an Army member's designation of the U.S. Soldiers' Home as beneficiary for arrears of retired pay due at his death is a valid designation. The Soldiers' Home's claim, which was previously denied by GAO, is allowed.