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Posted at 09:58 AM on Saturday, December 6, 2008 by post1899In This Issue:
1. TSGLI Benefits Expand
2. Obama Announces National Security Team
3. 30th Anniversary of Army Integrating WACs
4. VA Opening 31 New Outpatient Clinics
1. TSGLI Benefits Expand: More servicemembers may now qualify for Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI), because of newly expanded benefits resulting from a recent review by the Department of Veterans Affairs. TSGLI, which VFW was a lead proponent of, provides tax-free payments between $25,000 and $100,000 per traumatic event, which can be used to help with unseen expenses or provide a financial start on life after recovery. The TSGLI program began Dec. 1, 2005, as a non-option selection attached to Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI). All servicemembers from that point forward who elected SGLI benefits pay $1 towards this coverage each month.
Servicemembers who incurred a qualifying traumatic injury from Oct. 7 2001, through Nov. 30, 2005, while on orders outside the United States in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, or serving in a Combat Zone Tax Exclusion area, are now also covered by TSGLI, regardless of whether they elected SGLI coverage or not. Servicemembers that have already submitted a claim in the past do not need to resubmit.
The VA and TSGLI offices for each service will conduct a reachback of previously denied claims to see if they qualify for payment under the new guidance. Notifications will be sent to servicemembers if an additional award is due. TSGLI is a congressionally mandated program that applies to members of all branches of service and all components — active, Guard or Reserve, who incur a traumatic, physical injury based on an external force of violence. For more information, go to: http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?
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