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​​​​Proposed rule change will expand list of coveredi injuries:
A proposed rule change would expand insurance benefits to troops suffering from a swath of service-connected injuries, including most traumatic brain injuries (TBI), heatstroke and cold weather injuries, according to a notice recently published by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The expansions to the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance 14 | P a g e Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) program were first proposed by the VA in 2018. There is no limitation on when claims can be filed for TSGLI payments. Those previously denied payment for newly covered injuries will be able to request a review, thanks to another expansion in the proposed rule change, which allows for appeals based on "new and material evidence." TSGLI is an insurance program that provides short-term financial assistance to severely injured service members and veterans to assist them in their recovery from traumatic injuries. Any service member who is enrolled in the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Program (SGLI) is automatically covered by the TSGLI program. All SGLI participants are insured for traumatic injury protection of up to $100,000 for covered injuries. Different injuries have different payout amounts. The rule change is detailed in a Federal Register notice from the VA. The notice is open for public comment until 18 OCT. Just when the rule change would go into place remains unknown. Implementation for changes detailed in Federal Register notices can range from months to more than a year.

Military Service Obligation:
Soldiers who want to fly Army helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft will be required to serve at least a decade, the same active-duty service commitment expected of Air Force fighter pilots and four more years than the current policy. The 10-year service obligation kicks in after graduation from flight training and does not apply to personnel currently in training, Army officials said this week. The policy takes effect in October and also applies to part-time Army Reserve and National Guard personnel, Chief Warrant Officer 5 William S. Kearns, aviation and officer policy integrator for 44 | P a g e the Army’s personnel office, said in a statement. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced the new policy in June and the Army issued guidance this month, saying the longer service obligation will give pilots the time they need to “become a technical and tactical expert.” The increase “will also allow the Army to benefit from the expertise and retain the talent required for the operational force,” a service memo published 12 AUG said. The new policy comes amid a pilot shortage among all branches in the military. Last year, the Army’s pilot attrition rate grew to a record 10% of its force, due largely to aging aviators and competition from commercial airlines. The Army in January said it would pay up to $1,000 a month in aviation incentives, the first increases it had offered in two decades. But the global coronavirus pandemic has dried up some commercial opportunities as lower air travel demand has forced airlines to cut flights and lay off pilots.

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