Accept a DD Form 1300 showing MIA status as a protective filing for all potentially
eligible auxiliaries on the number holder’s earnings record. A valid DD Form 1300
establishes a protective filing date for the survivors based on a finding of presumed
death. For more information on the DD Form 1300 as a protective filing in MIA cases,
see GN 00204.010F.1.
If the status changes from MIA to killed in action, use the MIA date as the date of
death for benefit purposes. Use earnings through the MIA year in the computation.
Presume that the widow(er) or children were living in the same household for the lump-sum
death payment purposes. If the service department later determines an actual date of death, use the actual date of death for survivor claims.