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When service members purchase SGLI, in any amount, $1 of the premium ensures their eligibility for $100,000 in TSGLI coverage. This coverage applies to active duty members, reservists, National Guard members, funeral honors duty, and one-day muster duty.

Coverage became automatic Dec. 1, 2005, ensuring every member with SGLI also has TSGLI.

TSGLI payments are designed to help traumatically-injured service members and their families with financial burdens associated with recovering from a severe injury. Payments range from $25,000 to $100,000 based on the qualifying loss suffered.

For example, if a service member is hospitalized for 15 consecutive days after a traumatic injury, and the service member has basic SGLI coverage, compensation is $25,000. If four fingers on the same hand are lost due to a traumatic injury, the service member can receive $50,000. If sight in both eyes or hearing in both ears is lost due to a traumatic injury, compensation is $100,000.

It is important to note that this benefit is not the same as VA compensation for service connected disabilities. VA compensation for a traumatic injury doesn't automatically qualify the service member to receive TSGLI compensation.

The TSGLI benefit is also provided retroactively for members who incurred severe losses as a result of a traumatic injury from Oct. 7, 2001, to Nov. 30, 2005, if the loss was the direct result of injuries incurred in support of Operations Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom.

There are certain injuries and conditions that are excluded from coverage. By law, TSGLI does not cover mental or physical illnesses or diseases, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

For more information or to determine eligibility, service members should contact their installation Casualty Assistance Representative or go to the VA website on TSGLI benefits, http://www.insurance.va.gov/sglisite/tsgli/tsgli.htm. Installation CARs can facilitate the claim submission process.