As injured soldiers roll into a hospital following attacks, there are a million things going through their minds. The majority of them, however, have a single question they ask, and that is if their genitals are still attached and functioning, according to an article on Stars and Stripes. Although traumatic brain injuries outnumber all other injuries U.S. veterans and soldiers report suffering from the Iraq and Afghanistan War, they pale in comparison to the worry placed on the possibility of a genital injury.
Over the last couple years the increased use of improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs has left more soldiers with injuries to their “reproductive and urinary organs.” The number of these types of injuries has increased so much that the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) group life insurance plan will now cover them as traumatic injuries.
The traumatic injury benefit will make a single payment to soldiers and veterans with qualifying genital injuries ranging from $25,000 and $50,000, depending on the injury. Although there has been an increase in the number of soldiers with these types of injuries, genital injuries are not a new phenomenon. Therefore, the payment will apply to any such injuries sustained after Oct. 11, 2001.
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