If traumatic brain injury is the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, then improvised explosive devices are the signature weapons. The concussive force from the blast rattles brains against the skull, which can result in devastating and lifelong injuries. But the shrapnel from the bombs is just as destructive.
The nature of the weapons used—buried in walls, floors, roads, and trails—can produce injuries to the reproductive organs with uncommon frequency compared to other conflicts. In recognition of this trend, Veterans with traumatic genitourinary injuries are now qualified under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI).
Men and women are both covered under TSGLI for genitourinary injuries. For men, a lump-sum payment of $25,000 would be given for each testicle lost. The loss of a penis—or severe damage that would result in the inability to have intercourse—would result in a payment of $50,000. For women, $25,000 would be granted for loss of one ovary, or $50,000 for both. Loss or severe damage to the uterus or vaginal canal would result in a payment of $50,000.
Payments for these injuries are retroactive to October 7, 2001; the start of the war in Afghanistan. If you or a family member may qualify, visit the TSGLI page for frequently asked questions, a procedure guide, a list of service contacts, and an application for TSGLI benefits.