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Army under fire for denying veterans health benefits

Published: 11:13 PM 07/23/2012

The U.S. Army is coming under fire from veterans across the country for failing to provide adequate health insurance benefits for those meeting standards as outlined by the Department of the Army.

More than 30 cases have been filed against the Department of the Army for veterans who met the criteria to receive disability benefits under the Traumatic Injury Protection Under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insure (TSGLI) for activities of daily living.

The vets listed in the cases served in combat as far back as Operation Desert Storm.

“There has been a declaration of intent by Congress and by the VA that this coverage should be provided if the service members meet the standards and that the coverage should be provided judiciously,” said Dan Rector, lead counsel representing soldiers in several of the cases.

Under TSGLI, service members receive disability benefits if they are injured as a result of a traumatic event, either while in combat or while at home. Under the policy, servicemembers can collect between $25,000 and $100,000 from the Department of the Army.

In order to receive the benefits, though, each soldier must meet one of the nine specified categories of loss: 1) Sensory losses, 2) Burns, 3) Paralysis, 4) Amputation, 5) Limb salvage, 6) Facial reconstruction, 7) Activities of daily living, 8 Inpatient hospitalization, 9) Coma/TBI [traumatic brain injury] combined with another injury.

All plaintiffs met the requirements specified, yet did not receive the appropriate benefits.