Group Life Insurance
- Responding to the financial hardships of families faced with caring for service members with traumatic injuries, Congress created the Traumatic Servicemember Group Life Insurance program. TSGLI provides a one-time tax-free cash payment to wounded soldiers to alleviate the financial burden to the soldier's family while caring for the soldier. TSGLI provides a payment of up to $100,000 determined in accordance with a Congressional and Department of Defense approved schedule of losses.
Army Wounded Warrior Program
- The Army Wounded Warrior Program is dedicated to assisting and advocating for severely wounded, ill and injured soldiers and their families. AW2 works with soldiers who have a single 30 percent disability rating such as the loss of an arm or leg, or burns over the majority of their body. An AW2 advocate, in addition to working to support soldiers through their recovery and return to the private sector, is a conduit for identifying private organizations and charities that provide monetary grants and such in-kind assistance as reconfiguring automobiles to accommodate a soldier's injuries.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has several monetary grants available to soldiers and military veterans. One of the most beneficial programs for wounded soldiers is the Specially Adapted Housing Program. It provides up to $2,000 to adapt a home to meet the special needs of a soldier. The VA through special provisions of the the GI Bill provides 100 percent education benefits eligibility for combat wounded soldiers regardless of the number of months of military service.
Non-Military Grants to Wounded Soldiers
- Hundreds of private charitable organizations provide monetary grants, in-home support, assistance with claims filing, education scholarships and other types of grants. There are several well-known organizations recognized by the Department of Defense. For example, the Fisher House Foundation provides financial support to families by giving free housing to soldier who are in the initial stages of their recovery. Soldiers on active duty must be cautioned that they are subject to the Joint Ethics Regulation as it relates to the acceptance of gifts from sources outside the government and should consult with an attorney before accepting a gift valued at more than $25.