Peoria Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Bustos wants to remove cap on compensation for service members with life-changing injuries

The congresswoman representing Peoria wants to make sure service members who’ve sustained life-changing injuries in combat are compensated appropriately.

The Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance policy currently provides money to help cover the cost of severe injuries, such as limb amputations or the loss of eyesight. But it’s capped at 100-thousand dollars. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley introduced legislation to lift the cap.

Bustos says the bill is named for Taylor Morris, an Iowa quadruple amputee injured in Afghanistan. 

“Due to this cap that is currently in place, a service member with two amputated limbs receives the same payment as a service member who has lost all four limbs as Taylor has. And that’s despite somebody who’s gone through what Taylor has, there’s much greater financial hardship and obviously a much longer recovery.”

Bustos says the Taylor Morris Act is important to approve as more service members are surviving severe injuries that result in significant financial burdens to themselves and their families. She says the measure would not change how specific dollar amounts are assigned to each severe injury.