Claims for Disabled and Terminally Ill Policyholders
If you become totally disabled or terminally ill, you may be able to get certain benefits. Your spouse may also be able to get certain benefits if diagnosed with a terminal illness. Being totally disabled means you’re totally unable to do everyday tasks, including meaningful work. Being terminally ill means you’re sick with an illness that can’t be cured and that will likely result in death within a short period of time. Find out what benefits you qualify for—and how to get them.
Extension of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) for policyholders who become disabled
Can I get a free extension of my SGLI coverage if I’m disabled when I leave the military?
You may be able to keep your coverage for up to 2 years after the date you left the military if you’re within 2 years of your separation date and you’re totally disabled or have certain conditions.
Waiver of premiums for policyholders who become totally disabled
Can I get a waiver so I don’t have to pay my life insurance premiums?
You may be able to get a waiver of your life insurance premiums if you have a mental or physical disability that prevents you from being able to hold a job, you’re covered under Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI), and your total disability:
- Happens before you’re 65 years old—but after the effective date of your life insurance policy, and
- Continues for at least 6 months in a row
There are certain exceptions to the above conditions. But if you think you’re entitled to a waiver of premiums, you should apply as soon as possible and we’ll let you know if you qualify.
What benefits can I get?
A waiver of premiums. This means you won’t have to pay your life insurance premiums (the monthly payments you make to hold your policy). In most cases, premiums can only be waived up to 1 year prior to receipt of a claim.
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to apply for these benefits as soon as possible after becoming totally disabled. We’ll decide if you qualify, and we’ll notify you of the decision.
To apply, fill out and sign VA Form 29-357 (Claim for Disability Insurance). Mail it to the address listed on the form. Download VA Form 29-357.
Where can I find more information?
Accelerated benefits for terminally ill policyholders
Can my spouse or I get life insurance benefits early if either of us becomes terminally ill?
You or your spouse may be able to get benefits early if:
- You have SGLI, Family SGLI, or VGLI life insurance, and
- You or a covered spouse has a written statement from a doctor saying you have (or your spouse has) 9 months or less to live
- Covered spouses of Servicemembers
What benefits can my spouse and I get?
Up to 50% of the face value of your coverage in increments of $5,000—paid to you before death
How do we get these benefits?
Only the insured Servicemember or Veteran may apply for accelerated benefits. No one may apply on their behalf. In the case of a terminally ill spouse, only the insured may apply. Use the application form for the type of coverage you have:
If you’re an SGLI or VGLI policyholder, fill out a Claim for Accelerated Benefits. Download the Claim for Accelerated Benefits form.
If you’re still on active duty or you’re a Reservist, turn in the form to your service branch. They will need to fill out part of the form.
If you’re a Veteran, have your doctor fill out their part of the form, then send the completed form to:
- The Prudential Insurance Company of America
- PO Box 70173
- Philadelphia, PA 19176-0173
Or, fax the form to 877-832-4943.
If you’re covered under Family SGLI, fill out a Claim for Accelerated Benefits. Download the Claim for Accelerated Benefits form.
You’ll need to fill out one part of the application, and your doctor will need to fill out another part of it.
We pay the remaining amount of the face value of the insurance policy to your designated beneficiary or beneficiaries (the people you’ve picked to get the money from your policy) upon your death. In the case of a terminally ill spouse, we pay the rest of the insurance policy to you upon your spouse’s death.