WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life
Insurance (TSGLI) is reaching out to more Soldiers and their families
by adding a Soldier Family Support Specialist (SFSS) to the program at
10 critical Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) across the country.
This addition will provide consistent advice and assistance to
all Soldiers and family members so they can seamlessly file claims for
traumatic injuries. The
program, which is supported by Department of Veterans Affairs, has
provided $180 million to traumatically-injured Soldiers alone.
SFSSs are subject matter experts with a wide breadth of
knowledge about the TSGLI program and have gained expertise in
briefing and assisting Soldiers and their families with the claims
They work closely with the Warrior Transition Units and the
Soldier Family Assistance Centers at the MTFs so Soldiers have access
to their services.
The addition of SFSSs will improve communication efforts,
ultimately increasing the number of approved TSGLI claims.
"SFSSs are vital liaisons between the Soldier and medical
community, ensuring the timely and accurate submission and processing
of TSGLI claims," said Col. John F. Sackett, who leads the TSGLI
Branch under the Army's Human Resources Command, in Alexandria, Va.
"Training SFSSs then deploying them to key MTFs makes them
a permanent fixture to the TSGLI infrastructure and will expand our
reach to the men and women of the Armed Forces," Sackett said.
"Through this new initiative, we are demonstrating our
ongoing and ever increasing commitment to help traumatically wounded
or injured Soldiers and their families in their time of need."
SFSSs have been deployed to the following MTF sites: Walter
Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Womack Army Medical
Center, Fort. Bragg, N.C.; Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort.
Gordon, Ga.; Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky.;
Schofield Army Medical Center, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Guthrie
Ambulatory Army Medical Center, Fort Drum, N.Y.; Madigan Army Medical
Center, Fort Lewis, Wash.; and, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam
Houston, William Beaumont Army Medical Center,
Fort Bliss, and Darnall Army Hospital, Fort Hood,
all in Texas.
While the SFSSs will operate at these set locations, they also
will provide assistance at other MTFs throughout the country.
In addition, other MTFs are being identified for future SFSS
TSGLI, a congressionally-mandated insurance program for members
of the Armed Forces, is for Soldiers -- Active, Guard or Reserve --
who incur a qualifying traumatic injury at any time during their
service commitment, whether on or off duty. It provides a one time,
tax-free payment of up to $100,000 per traumatic event, which can be
used to help with unseen expenses or provide a financial start on life
All Soldiers who are covered by SGLI are covered under the
program launched Dec. 1, 2005. In addition, there is retroactive
coverage going back to Oct. 7, 2001, with slightly different
For more information about TSGLI, including detailed
eligibility requirements and claim submission instructions, contact
the U.S. Army TSGLI service center at (800) 237-1336.
Personnel also can e-mail TSGLI@conus.army.mil.
or visit the TSGLI Web site at http://www.tsgli.army.mil.
(Submittted by U.S. Army Human Resources