New compensation will be available for service members who experience traumatic genitourinary injuries during combat service. The payments are part of the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) program. Congress created TSGLI to provide compensation for severely injured service members who experience a traumatic injury. Genitourinary injuries were not previously included as types of traumatic losses that received compensation through TSGLI, which also provides compensation for traumatic injuries such as amputations, loss of sight and paralysis.
The interim final rule was effective Dec. 2, 2011, and applies to injuries which occur on or after Oct. 7, 2001. VA decided to add these types of losses to the TSGLI Schedule of Losses in light of recent reports from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston showing a large number of such injuries occurring at an increasing rate and after consultations with other experts.
The style of today’s conflicts is resulting in the increase in such injuries. Improvised explosive devices, such as roadside bombs, are ever more the weapons of choice. As these weapons are buried into roads, floors, walls, etc., service members performing walking patrols are more frequently suffering injuries to the urinary tract and genitals in explosions.
A male service member who loses use of the penis, or suffers actual loss of the organ, from a combat injury will receive a $50,000 payment. One who loses a testicle will receive $25,000.
A female service member who suffers the loss of use of the uterus, both ovaries, or the vagina will receive $50,000. The loss of one ovary will result in a $25,000 payment.
These payments are independent of medical care provided by VA for the residuals of such injuries.
If you think you may be eligible for a payment, an application for TSGLI benefits is available through this site.