Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
TSGLI is an entitlement that Wounded Warriors may receive if they are covered by Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), and they sustain an injury that results in 15 days of continuous in-patient hospital care or certain severe losses, such as loss of a limb, sensory loss, blindness, severe burns, and inability to perform activities of daily living. All members of the uniformed services that have part-time or fulltime SGLI are automatically covered by TSGLI while the member is in service. TSGLI coverage will pay a benefit from $25,000 to $100,000 depending on eligibility and the severity of the loss resulting from traumatic injury. For more information contact the Office of SGLI by phone at 1-800-419-1473, or visit the TSGLI Web site at https://www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/TSGLI/TSGLI.htm
Frequently Asked TSGLI questions
Q. Who is covered under TSGLI?
Effective December 1, 2005, every member who has SGLI also has TSGLI.
Q. Can the service member decline TSGLI?
TSGLI coverage is automatic for those insured under basic SGLI. The only way to decline TSGLI is to decline basic SGLI coverage.
Q. Are spouses and children covered by TSGLI?
No, TSGLI is not available to spouses and children under Family SGLI. It is available to service members insured under SGLI.
Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) entitlement continues for service members while hospitalized. The current pay table contains applicable rates (see www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/payentitlements/militarypaytables.html). Military treatment facilities provide meals at no cost to members of the Armed Forces receiving inpatient or outpatient services for an injury, illness, or disease incurred in a combat zone.
Casual Pay (CP)
The local finance office can pay Wounded Warriors a casual pay when they do not have means of withdrawing funds from their bank account. The casual pay is considered an advance on the member’s subsequent paycheck and will be collected.
Family Support Debit Card Program
The Wounded Warrior Family Support Debit Card Program provides Wounded Warriors’ family members with an alternative method of receiving travel advance funds. Through the use of the debit card, funds are immediately available to cover initial travel expenses. The debit card alleviates the risk due to theft or loss associated with a cash advance and the time issues associated with a check or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the debit card may be used at Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). As with all types of travel advances, the funds advanced will be deducted from the entire travel sum. The card is currently available at Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter-Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Fort Hood, and Fort Gordon.