About 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.
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Office Closed to the Public
March 19, 2020 (Updated March 24, 2020)
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Office is closed to the public. The office will be closed to everyone including VSOs until further notice as well. The Regional Office and Insurance Service will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling, and other in-person services. This decision aligns with federal, state and local guidance and is a proactive approach to decrease the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has mandated all non-essential workers to remain at home. As a result, under the authority under the COOP, all telework capable employees are expected to continue working. Those without capability to telework should contact their supervisors for specific guidance.
To our customers, we want you to know that the VA Insurance Center is operational, and our employees are continuing to work in a virtual environment. Incoming and outgoing paper mailings will be limited. For VA Life Insurance specific benefits, we encourage you to sign up for online account access and take advantage of our self-service features such as submitting an application for benefits, document upload, beneficiary updates, and email inquiry. Taking advantage of our online account access ensures that your requests and inquiries are addressed in the most efficient manner. The Insurance benefits and services provided to Servicemembers, Veterans, their families and survivors will continue to be delivered throughout the duration of the COVID-19 health emergency. Please continue to check www.va.gov for updates. You also may follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) SGLI coverage is automatic. All Servicemembers with full-time coverage should use the SGLI Online Enrollment System (SOES) to designate beneficiaries, or reduce, decline or restore SGLI coverage. To access SOES, go to www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect. Members of the Public Health Service and Servicemembers with part-time coverage should use SGLV 8286 to make changes to SGLI.
Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) Complete and file form SGLV 8714 or apply online.
Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) All Servicemembers should use SOES to decline, reduce, or restore FSGLI coverage. To access SOES, go to www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect. Members of the Public Health Service should use SGLV 8286A to to make changes to 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.