Vets May Have New Shot at TSGLI Claims

Servicemembers and veterans who were previously ineligible to receive Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection program (TSGLI) benefit payments for some injuries will soon have the opportunity to submit claims. Beginning Oct.1, 2011, servicemembers outside a combat zone who suffered a qualifying injury — such as loss of a limb or an eye — may be entitled from $25,000 up to a $100,000 maximum total for all qualifying injuries received between Oct. 7, 2001, and Nov. 30, 2005, regardless of where the injury occurred. For more information on the Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) and a complete list of qualifying losses, visit the VA Servicemembers’ and Veterans’ Group Life Insurance website.

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Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • How far back does SGLI cover for injury. I was given a medical discharge when I retire in 1990 due to back injuries.

    • tdhowell

      TSGLI does not go that far back and this particular retroactive payment covers injuries received between Oct. 7, 2001, and Nov. 30, 2005.

  • Aggie

    Well, i don’t know how these guys determine who qualifies for this benefit.I went blind to one eye while on active duty and was denied twice and this was just within the last couple of years. When you call SFCTSGLI, they just tell you that you have to call your branch of service. Seems like all they are doing is passing the buck to each other hoping that you get tired of presuing the issue and go away.

  • Im upset

    This is so stupid that marines and soldiers sustained injuries and they are only going back from Oct. 7, 2001, and Nov. 30, 2005. Hell my injuries occured between 1997 and 1998 by my own people the Marines. What a waste and I will be contacting someone regarding the dates because it is not fair that people got injured and they are going back to specific dates. It is not right and it is not fair to those who died before these dates became effective.

  • i was hurt during train up for deployment i have 4 qualifying life altering things and i was still denied and i’m permanently disabled and will now lose 33% of what i get to a lawyer because they denie all that kind of injury on the first run investigate that .

  • forest

    im in the same situation. Was denied the first time. Now have a lawyer working my case. For god sake i lost my leg what more proof could they possibly need

  • DAC

    does anybody know a good laywer to fight my tsgli case?here is mine.i got blown up 7x. unc did 2 ear/head surgerys and I was a research project for this surgery but now im one of 13 ppl in the us with this hearing aide.waiting for fda to approave the other side cuz im first…so here is what they denied me for. for hearing you need 80 decibals or more to receive compensation or tsgli. now 1 ear my right non surgery is 100 decibals.legally my leaf ear is all 80s and they said they approave my medical,approve my ied timeline when I got hit on 1 of em. but THEY HAD THE BALLS AND MADE THEM LOOK STUPID BY SAYIN WE NEED A HEARING TEST THAT IS 175 DAYS AFTER THE IED BLAST! YOU BELIEVE THAT! I forgot to say this is in Fallujah and Ramadi Iraq.back then nobody wanted to get med vac.dont get me on some guys today.but anyways so I still comply with what they want and I have 2 hearing test for them with my numbers in both earsin 100 and 90 decibals…now this reminds me of social security disability.this is the easiest case except the first guy or anybody that loses a limb.thats cut and dry and so is this.the government just doesn’t wanna be like oh yeah we’re mailing you your 100k. ANYBODY HELP ME? ANY LAWYER THAT SEES THIS MY NAME IS DAC AND YOU CAN REACH ME AT 910-934-6565.I DONT KNOW IF ILL BE ON HERE AGAIN.I MIGHT THOUGH

  • Bruce

    Can someone answer my question please. I was in a Humvee roll over due to a IED. I was medivaced to Germany and then to Portsmouth Navel Hospital.I have multiple injuries this incident was November 2007 during the surge in Iraq. Both of my shoulders were operated on.The WTU unit put me in for TSGLI I got the se $25000.00 for the first shoulder they operated on. I had the second one done 6 months later and a year after that I had a back fusion C1 to C7 plus I’m rated at 70% PTSD and Mild TBI They told me that TGSLI only pays once and I should have been paid more. Is there a way to be compensated for my other Injuries.