Traumatic Injury Protection Insurance (TSGLI) Benefit

The Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) benefit is designed to provide financial assistance to service members 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 Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) automatically became insured for traumatic injury protection of up to $100,000 unless they declined SGLI coverage. This benefit provides payouts of a tax free lump sum payment ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, depending on the extent of a service member’s injury, for service members who have lost limbs, eyesight, or speech or received other traumatic injuries as a direct result of injuries received during operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, or New Dawn.

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