Vets May Have New Shot at TSGLI Claims

June 10, 2011 | Terry Howell

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.

About 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.


  1. How far back does SGLI cover for injury. I was given a medical discharge when I retire in 1990 due to back injuries.

    • tdhowell says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Im upset says:

    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.

  4. 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 .

  5. 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