Washington, DC – More Service Members may now qualify for Traumatic Service members’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI), because of newly expanded benefits that are a result of a review conducted by The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The purpose of the review was to ascertain whether additional injuries/losses should be covered, whether the program was operating effectively, and whether other improvements could be made that would allow more Service Members to benefit from TSGLI.
Through the review’s findings, the TSGLI Schedule of Losses was simplified, making it more usable for each branch of service and allowing for easier interpretation by the general public. Existing TSGLI qualifying loss definitions on the schedule, such as those for sight, burns and amputations were expanded and additional qualifying losses including uniplegia, limb salvage, facial reconstruction, and a 15-day hospital stay were added as well.
“The TSGLI benefit expansion helps us further the mission and spirit of the program – help traumatically injured Service Members at their greatest time of need,” says COL John F. Sackett, Chief of the Army’s TSGLI Branch. “As stated by our prior Vice Chief of Staff, we need to ‘do what is right for the Soldier’. With these changes we can offer assistance to even more men and women who have so bravely served our country.”
Service members that have already submitted a claim in the past do not need to resubmit. The VA and TSGLI offices for each service will conduct a reach back of previously denied claims to see if they qualify for payment under the new guidance. Notifications will be sent to the Service Member if an additional award is due.
TSGLI is a Congressionally-mandated program that applies to members of all branches of Service and all components—Active, Guard, or Reserve, who incur a traumatic, physical injury based on an external force of violence. TSGLI provides tax-free payments between $25,000 and $100,000 per traumatic event, which can be used to help with unseen expenses or provide a financial start on life after recovery.
The TSGLI program began on December 1, 2005, as a non-option selection attached to Service members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI). All Service Members from that point forward who elected SGLI benefits pay $1 towards this coverage each month. In addition, Service Members who incurred a qualifying traumatic injury from 7 October 2001 through 30 November 2005 while on orders outside the United States in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), or serving in a Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE) area are covered by TSGLI, regardless of whether they elected SGLI coverage or not.
For more information about TSGLI, including a complete list of the new schedule of losses, eligibility requirements, and claim submission instructions, Service Members should contact their branch of service using the contact information below:
Army Human Resources Command
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332
Navy Personnel Command
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055
HQ, Marine Corps
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134
550 C Street West
Randolph AFB, TX 78150
2100 2nd Street SW
Washington, DC 20593