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Financial support and assistance
Finances are a potentially difficult burden for injured service
members and their families. The military does provide a traumatic
injury protection insurance benefit, which provides lump sum
payouts anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000.
Service members who buy TSGLI, a low-cost group life
insurance program for members of the military, are covered by this.
When they buy TSGLI they automatically get the traumatic injury
protection coverage. In addition, if they suffered a traumatic injury
between when the war started in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, and
Dec. 1, 2005, they are retroactively covered by the traumatic injury
The payout depends on the injury.
There is a schedule of payouts on the VA's
For example, if a soldier loses a foot above the ankle, he or she gets $50,000. A permanent loss of hearing in one ear pays $25,000. Various combinations of injuries pay the $100,000 benefit.
Most severely wounded service members' transition
from either the reserves or active duty to military retirement through
the Department of Defense's transition
assistance program. The Department of Defense's Military Severely
Injured Center, (888) 774-1361, provides counseling and referrals
to financial support, education, VA benefits and employment assistance.
Nonprofit advocacy and support organizations, such
as the National
Military Family Association, the Disabled
American Veterans, the American
Legion and the Veterans
of Foreign Wars, provide valuable information for wounded soldiers
and their relatives regarding their rights, benefits and other topics.
For legal assistance with issues such as power of attorney, both the American Bar Association's Legal Assistance for Military Personnel and the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corp. offer assistance.
Outside of immediate Department of Defense and VA services, each of the uniformed services offers support to their wounded in action and their families:
Disability and disability claims
Once the initial period of injury evaluation and treatment is over, wounded service members and their families begin to work through the disability determination process. The VA pays a monthly benefit to service members who are classified disabled as a result of their military service or who have a pre-existing disability aggravated by military service.