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Traumatic Injury Protection Insurance (TSGLI) Benefit?

What is the Traumatic Injury Protection Insurance (TSGLI) Benefit?
The Traumatic SGLI (TSGLI) benefit is designed to provide financial assistance to servicemembers during their recovery period from a serious traumatic injury. The program is not disability compensation and has no effect on entitlement for compensation and pension benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs or disability benefits provided by the Department of Defense. It is an insurance product similar to commercial dismemberment policies. On December 1, 2005, all members eligible for SGLI automatically became insured for traumatic injury protection of up to $100,000 unless they decline SGLI coverage. The benefit provides payouts of tax a free lump sum payment ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, depending on the extent of a servicemember’s injury, for servicemembers who have lost limbs, eyesight, or speech or received other traumatic injuries as a direct result of injuries received during operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.

Coverage is retroactive to October 7, 2001. The retroactive provision of PL 109-13 provides that any servicemember who suffers a qualifying loss between October 7, 2001, and Deceive a payment under the TSGLI program if the loss was a direct result of injuries incurred in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The benefit does not apply to servicemembers suffering from disease. For more information about the program, servicemembers should contact their Service TSGLI Representative. The Air Force POC for TSGLI is the Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR). For the other Services, contact the Service Injured Support Program (Army AW2, Marine M4L, and Navy Safe Harbor). See the following section for information about these programs. To read about the TSGLI program, go to:
http://www.insurance.va.gov/SGLISITE/legislation/TSGLIFacts.htm