The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is granting more sailors the possibility of drawing insurance benefits. The compensation would be dependent on both their injuries as well as when those injuries occurred and would be paid under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection program. The limitations are that the injury must have happened on or after Oct. 7, 2001, and must have happened while on duty.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the sailors’ injuries, qualifying sailors would be eligible to draw government-sponsored insurance benefits. According to the VA, those sailors could then be entitled to benefits ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.
Injuries qualifying for the benefits will include:
- loss of sight, hearing, or speech;
- limb salvage;
- facial reconstruction;
- 15 days of continuous hospitalization; and
- traumatic injuries to the body or brain preventing the sailor from completing daily living activities.
The potential benefits will take effect Oct. 1, 2011. Sailors with injuries qualifying for the insurance benefits that happened in either training events or motor vehicle accidents, and happened between Oct 1. 2001 and Nov. 30, 2005 may qualify for the benefit. Those sailors do not necessarily have to have suffered their injury while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.