Assistance with initial TSGLI applications and appeals of denied claims
What is TSGLI?
- TSGLI is a financial benefit for servicemembers who experience a specific loss or losses as a result of a traumatic injury while serving in the military.
- Assistance is provided in the form of a one-time, lump sum payment ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.
Am I eligible for TSGLI?
- You suffered a traumatic injury on or after October 7, 2001
You were insured by Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance ("SGLI") at the time of your traumatic injury;
- Servicemembers who were injured between October 7, 2001, through November 30, 2005, are eligible for TSGLI, even if their SGLI coverage was not in effect during this period.
You were an active duty military member, reservist, National Guard member, on funeral honors, or on 1-day muster duty at the time of your traumatic injury;
- You do not need to be on duty at the time of injury to be eligible for TSGLI. For instance, a servicemember injured in a car accident may be eligible for TSGLI benefits.
You suffered a "traumatic injury" as a result of a "traumatic event"; and
- A traumatic event is the application of external force, violence, chemical, biological or radiological weapons, or accidental ingestion of a contaminated substance.
- A traumatic event is not a medical or surgical procedure in and of itself.
You suffered a "scheduled loss" as a direct result of your traumatic injury.
- Examples of scheduled losses include, but are not limited to, amputation, burns, or in-patient hospitalization of fifteen consecutive days or more.
What kind of assistance is available through NVLSP's Lawyers Serving Warriors® program?
- Upon application and a determination that we can be of assistance, NVLSP will place your case with a pro bono attorney who will either prepare an initial claim or appeal on your behalf.
How do I request assistance from LSW®?
- Click here to provide us with your contact information and preliminary information.
We will provide you an application form and various release forms to complete. These must be completed and returned to us along with the following records:
- All Medical records from time of injury and for the two years following injury (entire AHLTA record is fine if treated by military providers).
- All previously submitted applications and supporting documents.
- Denial/response from the TSGLI board.
Can I apply if I do not have these records?
- Yes. While we cannot place your case for pro bono assistance without these records, you can complete the online form. Our intake specialists may be able to assist you with obtaining any records that you do not have.
It has been over one year since my TSGLI application was denied. Can I still appeal the denial?
- Yes, if “new and material evidence” is submitted with your application. New and material evidence is evidence relevant to your claim that was not previously submitted to the board. Such evidence may include additional medical records or a caregiver statement.