A bill introduced by California congressman Rep. Joe Baca hopes to lift a cap that he says limits the amount of care severely wounded soldiers receive. Baca's plan would increase the level of traumatic injury payments, which currently sits at $100,000, according to Military Times.
The payments come from Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance, which was created in 2005 as a way to provide financial assistance to troops who have suffered life-changing injuries. Baca says that while $100,000 may be enough for some soldiers, others with more serious wounds could require more help.
"Right now, more service members are surviving severe injuries than ever before," he told the publication. "While this is welcome news, the seriousness of these injuries can place a difficult financial burden on our wounded heroes and their loved ones."
Baca's proposed legislation comes after news that more troops have been suffering amputations in Afghanistan in recent years. According to Stars and Stripes, 187 soldiers had an amputation in 2010, and through September 2011 there were 147. Much of the reason can be tied to the increased prevalence of improvised explosive devices, which have been responsible for 66 percent of coalition casualties since 2001.