[HEALTH.MIL] TSGLI Expands Eligibility To Help More Injured & CRSC Info

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TSGLI Expands Eligibility To Help More Injured

November 3, 2011
By Rob McIlvaine

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 3, 2011) -- The Traumatic Injury Protection
under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance is now open to service members of all
components -- whether injured in war or back at home.
Previously, Soldiers or former service members injured between Oct. 7, 2001, and
Nov. 30, 2005, qualified only if their traumatic injuries happened during
Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As of Oct. 1, TSGLI benefits are available to service members injured between
those dates no matter if the injury occurred in the states or elsewhere. The
Veterans' Benefit Improvement Act of 2010 removed the requirement that the
injury occur during OIF or in Afghanistan.

Now it doesn't even matter whether the service member or veteran had SGLI
coverage at the time of injury. They are eligible for benefits regardless.
Soldiers can now qualify even if injured in an automobile or motorcycle accident
in the states.
Qualifying members may be entitled to $25,000 to $100,000 for physical loss --
amputation; limb salvage; loss of sight, speech or hearing; paralysis, burns or
facial reconstruction; and for loss of daily activities -- bathing, eating,
dressing, toileting, transferring or continence.
"A lot of organizations have lobbied Congress because we were leaving out a
select portion of those Soldiers who underwent the same issues for TSGLI but
weren't being compensated for it because they weren't in that field of
operation," said Lt. Col. Donald L. Deas, branch chief of Combat-Related Special
Compensation / TSGLI / Pay Allowance Continuation.
"Since 2005, TSGLI has paid out over $387 million," Deas said, adding that CRSC
has paid out about $3.3 billion since 2001.
The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act expanded the eligibility of CRSC to
more retirees. CRSC is a congressionally mandated benefits program that
recognizes the sacrifice of eligible military retirees. A retiree from the
active component must have served 20 years; and from the Reserve or National
Guard, retirees must have reached age 60.
"A lot of our veterans have VA compensation," Deas said. "And the VA
compensation detracts from the retirement benefits they receive by whatever that
ratio is. So, if they are getting $1,000 in retirement and they were getting 10
percent VA, then they would only get $900 worth of retirement. 

The Combat-related Special Compensation, he said, steps in and replaces that
missing 10 percent. 

"So, in effect, the individual then gets $1,100 a month, because they get back
up to their full $1,000 plus the $100 -- that's 10 percent they would get from
the VA, and all of that is still tax-deductible for our retirees," Deas said.
CRSC is open to all retirees of all components of the Army. It's also available
to medical Chapter 61 retirees -- this is when a Soldier is medically discharged
from the service and for a qualifying event, from one to 19 years. 

"There are a select number of veterans out there who are still getting their
retirement and their VA compensation, but aren't aware that CRSC is available to
them," Deas said.
The program is also revamping their website.
"There will be some changes coming to the website, making it more interactive
and user-friendly. One of the primary things that we've done with the website is
that we've included our DVD portion that basically walks our Soldiers and
veterans through what the program is ... it's about 10 minutes ... and it also
has a tutorial on how to complete the necessary documents in order to qualify
for one of these programs -- whether the DA Form 8600 for the TSGLI or the DA
Form 2860 for the Combat-Related Special Compensation," Deas said.
For more information about CRSC and TSGLI, email:
CRSC Claims: crsc.claims@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx or 
TSGLI Claims: tsgli.claims@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Or mail them at: Army Human Resources Command; ATTN: AHRC-PDP-V Dept. 480; 
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue; Fort Knox, KY 40122
Or visit their websites at: TSGLI: www.tsgli.army.mil, and CRSC:

Or call them at: TSGLI: 1-800-237-1336, Opt 4, and CRSC: 1-866-281-3254
Or fax them at: TSGLI: 502-613-4513, and CRSC: 502-613-9550 

NOTE:  To determine if you are now eligible for a TSGLI payment under the new
law, please go to http://www.insurance.va.gov/sglisite/tsgli/retro/q1.htm

NOTE:  Veterans who retired from a branch of service can submit their CRSC
claims to that branch using the contact information provided below:

United States Air Force
Disability Division (CRSC)
550 C Street West Ste 6
Randolph AFB TX 78150-4708
Phone: 1-800-616-3775
Website: http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/library/combat.asp

Department of the Army
US Army Human Resources CMD
ATTN: CRSC Division
1600 Spearhead Division Ave
Fort Knox, KY 40122Phone: 1-866-281-3254
Email: crsc.info@xxxxxxxxxxx 
Website: www.CRSC.army.mil

Commander (adm-1-CRSC)
U.S. Coast Guard
Personnel Command
4200 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203-1804
Website: www.uscg.mil/hq/cgpc/adm/adm1.htm

Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards
Attn: Combat-Related Special Compensation Branch
720 Kennon Street SE, Suite 309
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374
Fax: 202-685-6882
Website: www.donhq.navy.mil/corb/crscmainpage.htm

Related Links:
Army.mil: Inside the Army News <http://www.army.mil/news/insidethearmy>
U.S. Army Human Resources Command: Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life
Insurance <https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/CRSC/TSGLI/index.html>
Department of Veterans Affairs: Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance

SOURCE:  US Army News Release at http://www.army.mil/article/68641/

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