More free financial relief for injured Soldiers
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2011) — Military families may not realize there are funds available for severely injured service members with a one-time payment (up to $100,000) to help them with recovery visitations, unforeseen expenses or financial assistance to “start over.”
The Traumatic Injury Protection Under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) program provides automatic traumatic injury coverage to all members of the uniformed services covered under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program. TSGLI is bundled with SGLI; an additional $1 has been added to the premium to cover TSGLI.
“TSGLI is one of the most important benefits that you as a service member should know about,” said Master Sgt. Michael Morgan from Florida National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters, “it’s a great thing!”
The word needs to get out that military members have been eligible for TSGLI coverage as of Dec. 1, 2005, with benefits being retroactive to 2001. Once approved, the payment is granted without recourse and is not restricted to medical bills. All service members who incur a qualifying traumatic injury at any time during the course of their service commitment are eligible. Regardless of where the qualifying injury occurred, this financial relief is retroactive during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), or while on orders in a Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE) area from Oct. 7, 2001 through Nov. 30, 2005.
“These funds could be the difference that the member of their family needs to get through the tough times,” explained Roger Jarriel, Florida National Guard’s TSGLI transition assistance advisor (TAA).
For more information on the TSGLI benefit see the web site: www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/TSGLI/TSGLI.htm or contact Mr. Jarriel at (904) 827-8668.