Wednesday, December 7, 2011

VA: Combat injuries to urinary tract and genitals deserve payment

Since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, 570 service members have suffered severe wounds of the urinary tract and genitals, the department said.

The payments will be made under the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance program that offers life insurance at the rate of $13 a month for $200,000 of coverage.

At a rate of $1 per month, the program was expanded during the height of the war in Iraq to include payments for traumatic injuries.  Genitourinary injuries have been added to a list of combat injuries for which payments are already made; that list includes amputations, burns, loss of sight, and paralysis.

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