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FAMILIES OF FALLEN GIS GET LITTLE FINANCIAL HELP FROM UNCLE SAM

January 24, 2005

Federal spending on families who have lost loved ones in combat missions is remarkably skimpy, opines the editorial board of the Investor's Business Daily:

  • When GIs are killed overseas fighting terrorists, their families receive $12,420 in support from the federal government -- up from $6,000 just two years ago.
  • By contrast, when Pentagon officials were killed on 9-11, their families got an average of $1.5 million in death benefits from a special fund.

While one can't put a dollar on the value of lives lost, IBD says the current financial support given to survivors of fallen GIs can barely cover the funeral expenses and should be raised.

Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) wants to bring benefits in line with those paid to survivors of firefighters and police officers. His proposal would raise the benefit to $100,000 for families of GIs killed in battle.

Source: Editorial, "Our Troops Deserve Better," Investor's Business Daily, January 20, 2005.

 

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