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Life Insurance

 

disabled veteran in wheelchairAbout Life Insurance

As part of our mission to serve Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families, VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected. VA’s life insurance programs were developed to provide financial security for your family given the extraordinary risks involved in military service.

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The SGLI Online Enrollment System (SOES) is Now Live for Navy and Air Force Servicemembers

Beginning August 2, 2017, Air Force members can manage their Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage using the SGLI Online Enrollment System (SOES). Air Force members join their fellow Navy members in using the new system.  Navy began using SOES on April 5, 2017.  Air Force and Navy members should look for information from their service about when they should access SOES to confirm and certify their SGLI elections.

SOES access for other branches of service is planned for release on the following schedule*:

    • Army – October 2017
    • Marine Corps – December 2017
    • Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – February/March 2018

*This schedule is subject to change.

SGLI provides automatic life insurance coverage of $400,000 to Servicemembers upon enlistment.  Members with SGLI also get automatic coverage for their dependent children and spouses (unless the child or spouse is insured under SGLI as a Servicemember) under the Family SGLI program and traumatic injury protection (TSGLI).  Servicemembers with full-time SGLI coverage will no longer have to complete a paper SGLV-8286 to make changes to their coverage or beneficiary elections. Instead, these Servicemembers can use the online system, SOES, to manage the amount of their SGLI and spouse coverage and to designate or update beneficiaries.   

To access SOES, go to www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect, sign in, and go to Benefits, Life Insurance SOES- SGLI Online Enrollment System. Servicemembers can log in with their CAC or with their DS Logon using Internet Explorer as soon as they receive notice that SOES access is available. Servicemembers can then make sure their SGLI coverage and beneficiaries are up-to-date. 

Have questions about SOES? Follow this link for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Want to learn how SOES will simplify the SGLI Election Process? Follow this link for an easy to understand picture of the SGLI election process before and after SOES implementation.

disabled veteran in wheelchairBenefit Description

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is a low-cost group term life insurance program for Servicemembers. Coverage can be extended for up to two years if the Servicemember is totally disabled at separation.

Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) allows Veterans to convert your SGLI to a civilian program of lifetime renewable term coverage after separation from service.

Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) insures spouses and children of Servicemembers with SGLI coverage. Spousal coverage may not exceed the Servicemember's coverage. Dependent children are automatically covered at no charge.

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) is an automatic feature of SGLI that provides payments to Servicemembers who suffer losses, such as amputations, blindness, and paraplegia, due to traumatic injuries that occur in service.

Service-Disabled Veterans' Life Insurance (S-DVI) provides life insurance coverage to Veterans who have been given a VA rating for a new service-connected disability in the last two years. Totally disabled Veterans are eligible for free coverage and have the opportunity to purchase additional life insurance.

Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) provides mortgage life insurance protection to disabled Veterans who have been approved for a VA Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant.

soldier holding American flagEligibility Requirements

Do you Qualify for VA Insurance?

Follow this link for an easy way to find out if you are eligible for all our programs, including Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI), Veterans Group Life Insurance and Family SGLI, TSGLI, and Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance. You’ll find infographics (timelines and charts) for each program.

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Coverage is automatic for most active duty Servicemembers, Ready Reserve and National Guard members scheduled to perform at least 12 periods of inactive training per year, members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Service, cadets and midshipmen of the U.S. military academies, and ROTC members. Learn More

Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) Servicemembers with full-time SGLI coverage are eligible to convert SGLI to VGLI after separation from service. Learn More

Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) Term life insurance coverage is automatically provided to spouses and dependent children of Servicemembers insured under SGLI. Learn More

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) All Servicemembers insured by SGLI are automatically covered by TSGLI. Learn More

Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI) Servicemembers who were released from active duty under other than dishonorable conditions after April 25, 1951, AND have been granted service connection for any disability (even 0 percent) within the last two years, AND are in good health except for any service connected conditions may be eligible. Learn More

Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) VMLI is available to Veterans who received a Specially Adapted Housing Grant (SAH), have title to the home, and have a mortgage on the home. Learn More

soldier holding American flagApplication Process

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) SGLI coverage is automatic. Use SGLV 8286 to designate beneficiaries, or reduce, decline or restore SGLI coverage.

Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) Complete and file form SGLV 8714 or apply online.

Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) Complete and file form SGLV 8286A to decline, reduce, or restore FSGLI coverage.

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) Coverage is automatic for all Servicemembers covered by SGLI. To file claim for the TSGLI benefit, complete and file SGLV 8600.

Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI) apply for S-DVI online or complete and file form VA 29-4364.

Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) Complete and file form VA 29-8636, Application for Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance.