Those of us working at the Department of Veterans Affairs get a daily reminder of why we’re here: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” Those words, by President Abraham Lincoln, are engraved on the entrance of our building.
To fulfill this mission–which of course includes women Veterans–VA is constantly improving clarity and transparency in all services, benefits and programs provided to Veterans, their families and survivors. Service Members Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is one the programs undergoing some changes and updates. Implemented by VA through Prudential Insurance, SGLI provides low-cost group life insurance to men and women in the military.
Updates to this important program include:
- Redesigned life insurance forms
- A new training module for Casualty Assistance Officers
- An updated website (with forms and Frequently Asked Questions)
- A new SGLI handbook
It is critical for this information to be as easy to read, understand, and use as possible and we trust that the extensive review of the SGLI materials provided the necessary clarity. For more information on SGLI and its updates, take a look at VA’s Insurance page, and the video below:
Thomas Lastowka is the Director of the Veterans Affairs Regional Office and Insurance Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.