"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has administered and supervised several life insurance programs for servicemembers and veterans since 1919. Currently, three VA life insurance programs that provide benefits to the families of servicemembers and veterans are still enrolling new policyholders. These programs are Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI), and Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI). The VA's Regional Office and Insurance Center (VAROIC) in Philadelphia, PA, supervises SGLI and VGLI, but the day-to-day administration of the programs is handled by the Office of Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (OSGLI), a division of the Prudential Insurance Company of America. The Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI) program, on the other hand, is administered entirely by the VA. Access to VA-administered life insurance programs gives servicemembers and veterans, who may not be eligible for private life insurance policies, the opportunity to carry group life insurance. This provides for their families in the event of the servicemember's or veteran's death. […] This report is structured into three major sections. The first section provides an overview of the VA's different life insurance programs, including eligibility requirements, premium rates, and benefits. The second section describes the VA's management and administrative structure as well as how policy proceeds to beneficiaries are currently paid out for SGLI, VGLI, and S-DVI. The third section of the report discusses major areas of congressional interest and policy issues as they pertain to SGLI, VGLI, and S-DVI."
CRS Report for Congress, R41435