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Volunteer attorney helped establish guardianship so servicemember’s surviving children could benefit from SGLI funds

February 19, 2014

A Coast Guard member killed in a helicopter accident had named his two children as beneficiaries of his Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) policy. However, the Office of Servicemembers Group Life Insurance could not release the funds to the servicemember’s former wife, who was raising the children, unless she was appointed as the children’s guardian. The Military Pro Bono Project connected the servicemember’s former wife with a volunteer attorney, who successfully helped her be appointed as the children’s guardian so that the funds could be used for the children’s benefit.

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