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Insurance policy expanded to include more veterans

Daniel Boothe
Thursday, December 25th, 2008.
Issue 52, Volume 12.


Courtesy photo.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ruben A. Palkin, Leading Petty Officer and hospital corpsman, reflects on those Missing in Action from the Vietnam War during the Service of Remembrance at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton on September 19.

More veterans are now eligible for benefits under the Traumatic   Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) after the Department   of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced improvements to policy December   8.

Designed to benefit severely injured military personnel and veterans,   the congressionally mandated program has expanded qualifying   categories and increased the number of injuries covered.

“TSGLI was created to relieve some of the financial burdens on   injured military personnel and their families,” said Secretary of   Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “We believe these   enhancements to the TSGLI program have made a good program   even better.”

The announcement came in response to a comprehensive review   conducted by the VA on the insurance policy. The purpose of the   review was to determine whether the program was operating   effectively or if improvements were needed.

As a result of the review, service member eligibility was simplified, allowing for easier interpretation by the   general public, according to officials at the Army’s Human Resources Command.

Another important policy improvement includes the $25,000 to $100,000 tax-free payments to service   members for each traumatic physical injury experienced.

More than $309 million in TSGLI benefits have been paid to injured military personnel and their families   since the policy’s creation in 2005.

The financial support is designed to offset expenses a service member’s parents or spouse accumulates        moving to be with their loved one during the difficult treatment and rehabilitation periods.

“The TSGLI benefit expansion helps us further the mission and spirit of the program: helping traumatically     injured service members at their greatest time of need,” said Col. John F. Sackett, chief of the Army’s TSGLI Branch, Human Resource Command. “With these changes we can offer assistance to more men and women who have so bravely served our country.”

Veterans whose claims for TSGLI benefits were previously disallowed are being contacted if it appears their loss is now eligible for payment due to these changes.

Information regarding entitled benefits and veteran support can be found at the Southwest Veteran Business Resource Center located at 145 East Fig Street or by calling (760) 728-3200.

Veterans can also contact the VA at (800) 827-1000 or by logging onto the VA’s Web site at

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