War Damage Insurance Corporation

DEFINITION of 'War Damage Insurance Corporation'

A government financial protection arm created during World War II to provide coverage for war risks that were not being covered by existing policies. The coverage was provided by the U.S. government and it compensated American nationals who owned property that was damaged by acts of war.

BREAKING DOWN 'War Damage Insurance Corporation'

The War Damage Insurance Corporation was established by the War Damage Insurance Act in 1941. It provided for the U.S. government to cover private property war losses that were not fully covered by private insurers. Private insurers often offer limited or no coverage for acts of war because they cannot afford to cover a tremendous number of catastrophic losses in such a short period of time.