Representatives Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, and Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, have called the proposed legislation the Taylor Morris Act after an Iowa quadruple amputee.

Mr. Morris, a native of Cedar Falls, was a Navy explosive ordinance expert in Afghanistan. In May 2012, while clearing a path for his Army Special Forces team, he was injured by an improvised explosive device. 

Veterans currently get $50,000 per limb lost, but the cap of $100,000 means a soldier like Mr. Morris who lost four limbs receives the same as those who lose two, Rep. Braley said.

"The fact that more service members are surviving severe injuries due to immediate medical treatment is a great development, but this cap just isn't fair to our injured veterans and needs to be eliminated," Rep. Braley said in a news release.

Rep. Braley met Mr. Morris at the intensive care unit at Walter Reed military hospital.

"When I sustained my injury in Afghanistan, I had no idea how drastically my life was about to change," a statement from Mr. Morris said. "With multiple surgeries and years of rehabilitation, I was looking at a lifetime of costs." 

The legislation sponsored by Reps. Braley and Bustos would allow quadruple amputees like Mr. Morris to get $200,000 in compensation by lifting the $100,000 cap.

Rep. Bustos said injured veterans "should not be subject to caps that minimize their sacrifice and that of their families, who often spend months displaced to heal alongside them."

The Taylor Morris Act was introduced on Thursday, and Reps. Bustos and Braley are working to build support for the proposed legislation.

If approved, it would not be retroactive to help military members such as Mr. Morris. 

The Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance policy provides a lump-sum payment designed to help cover immediate financial needs for service members who suffer life-changing injuries such as the the loss of a limb.

A specific dollar amount is assigned to each severe injury, such as the loss of a foot or hand, but total compensation cannot exceed $100,000.