Every time our nation calls, American servicemen and women answer undaunted, with selfless courage and unwavering determination. Time and time again, I am met by Soldiers saying not, 'look what I have given for my country,' but rather, 'what more can I give for my country.'
Gen. Richard A. Cody
Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army
Traumatic Injury Protection Life Insurance (TSGLI)
The U.S. Army received the first 144 claims for the Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) for Soldiers who incurred a traumatic injury in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). This new traumatic injury protection available under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) plan provides financial assistance to eligible Soldiers and their families, which is vital during their extensive recovery and rehabilitation process.
If a Soldier is unable to complete a claim due to incapacitation or death, family members with an appropriate Power of Attorney or letter of guardianship may apply for TSGLI benefits on behalf of a Soldier. Family members of a deceased Soldier who survived for 7 days after incurring a traumatic injury and qualifying loss may also apply for TSGLI benefits.
TSGLI covers a range of traumatic injuries, including, but not limited to:
- Total and permanent loss of sight in one or both eyes.
- Loss of hand or foot by severance at or above the wrist or ankle.
- Total and permanent loss of hearing in one or both ears.
- Loss of thumb and index finger of the same hand by severance at or above the metacarpophalangeal joints.
- Quadriplegia, paraplegia, or hemiplegia.
- 3rd degree or worse burns covering 30 percent of the body or 30 percent of the face.
- Coma or the inability to carry out two of the six activities of daily living due to traumatic brain injury.
Additional information on the traumatic injury protection benefit, as well as a listing on qualifying injuries, can be obtained by calling 1-800-237-1336. Media are encouraged to contact Army Human Resources Command (HRC) Public Affairs Office at 703-325-9904. Visit the web site at www.aw2.army.mil/TSGLI for application and contact information.
Claims can be faxed to 1-866-275-0684 or mailed to:
Department of the U.S. Army
Traumatic SGLI (TSGLI)
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332-0470
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