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An Increase Long Overdue

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This is something I would hope all but the most blinded Bush opponents can agree with:

President Bush will propose a dramatic increase to $250,000 in government payments to families of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and in future combat zones. The plan to increase the tax-free “death gratuity,” now $12,420, to $100,000 and provide an extra $150,000 in life insurance payouts will be part the 2006 budget proposal submitted to Congress next week, the Pentagon’s personnel chief said in an Associated Press interview.

Given that most military casualties in the field are disproportionately young by the very nature of war, this means that those who leave spouses with young children to care for do not condemn them to instant poverty. It’s the right thing to do and should have been done long ago. By making it retroactive to the start of Afghanistan, the President is recognizing the obligation the nation has to those who’ve made the supreme sacrifice.


Written by martinipundit

February 1, 2005 at 2:09 pm

Posted in GWOT

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