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CARs to assist Airmen with TSGLI benefits

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members who have Servicemembers Group Life Insurance are now eligible for Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance, or TSGLI. 

TSGLI coverage is a tax-free lump sum payment ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, depending on the extent of the injury. 

Coverage for SGLI holders is automatic at an increase in their premiums of $1 per month.

The coverage also includes a retroactive provision for Airmen who suffered a qualifying loss as a direct result of injuries incurred in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom from Oct. 7, 2001 through Nov. 30, 2005. Enrollment in SGLI is not a requirement to receive the retroactive benefits.

"The intent of TSGLI is to provide qualifying injured Airmen with an immediate source of income," said Mr. Tom Perry, chief of the casualty matters division at Air Force Personnel Center. "Our casualty assistance representatives will play an active role in counseling eligible Airmen and assisting them with the certification process."

Certification forms for TSGLI benefits are available at the military personnel flight and should be submitted at the earliest opportunity. 

Buckley's casualty assistance representative, Mr. John DeWitt, is the primary point of contact for assisting potentially eligible members with TSGLI applications in coordination with the base military treatment facility.

For more information on the TSGLI benefit, Airmen should contact Mr. Dewitt at 720-847-6946.

Airmen with questions regarding eligibility or processing requirements for retroactive TSGLI benefits may also contact their base CAR or call the AFPC casualty services branch at DSN 665-3505 or 800-433-0048.