What's a Military Family Worth?

by Rush Limbaugh
  March 11, 2002

  I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the September 11th casualty, and those who die serving the country in uniform, are profound.  No one is really talking about it either because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11th. 

  Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality
of this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11th attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000.  
The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.
  If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.  Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs.  If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry.   And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18.  When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt. 

  Keep in mind that some of the people that are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough.  We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11th families are getting.  In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well. 

  You see where this is going, don't you?  Folks, this is part and parcel of over fifty years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad.  



  "...Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion,
but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."

 -Governor and Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson, II


Since 2002, the amount of the death gratuity has been increased to a non-taxable $100,000 (retroactive to 7 OCT 2001), and the DIC amounts have been raised to a $1,154 monthly annuity plus an additional $286 monthly allowance for each dependent child (effective 1 DEC 2008, for veterans who died on or after 1 JAN 1993).

Military personnel are automatically insured (unless they decline the coverage) under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program (currently $27 per month for the maximum coverage), which has been increased to $400,000.

Maybe Congress can listen, sometimes...

Copyright (c) RWD Ploessl
  P.S.: "Bob Wills is still the King!"

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