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U.S. Still Making Payments to Relatives of Civil War Vets (143 Years Later, V.A. Still Pays Out)
Breitbart ^ | 21 Mar 2013, | Wynton Hall

Posted on 03/21/2013 6:51:06 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

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U.S. Still Making Payments to Relatives of Civil War Vets

The U.S. government spends over $40 billion a year to compensate veterans and their family members for service in conflicts as far back as the Civil War.

According to an analysis conducted by the Associated Press, the costs of veteran compensation for previous wars are as follows:

• $12 billion a year for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the first Persian Gulf War

• $22 billion a year for Vietnam

• $5 billion a year for World War II

• $2.8 billion for the Korean War

• $20 million for World War I

• $50,000 a year to 10 living recipients of benefits tied to the 1898 Spanish-American War

• Two payments of $876 a year to two children of Civil War veterans

Using federal payment data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the AP identified disability and survivor benefits to conduct the analysis.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; civilwar; pension; va; veteransaffairs; warbetweenthestates; warofthestates; welfare Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: DogByte6RER

please take that picute off Mods, doesn;t go good with a Captain Morgan.

As for those two from the war of southern independence , well I would be interested in who is getting that and how the hell did they get that as I know a load of people here in the south who had their family fight


2 posted on 03/21/2013 6:54:31 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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More coverage ...

The two children of American Civil War veterans who are STILL receiving soldiers’ pensions nearly 150 YEARS after war ended

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296596/The-children-American-Civil-War-veterans-STILL-receiving-soldiers-pensions-nearly-150-YEARS-war-ended.html#ixzz2OEIPV3uV


3 posted on 03/21/2013 6:55:31 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Who is worried about the $876 per year? We’ve got a lot more foolish spending, especially under the current regime!


4 posted on 03/21/2013 6:59:28 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I think that it just illustrates how absurd and out of control our federal government is. Once the government creates a program, it seems to literally live for eternity.


5 posted on 03/21/2013 7:02:01 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Long ago, wives and children of war vets would receive a pension for life. Sometime around the 1920s, young women (often in their early teens) would marry Civil War vets for the life-long pension. As a result, the benefit laws were changed.

Currently, widows only get money is through the Survivor Benefit Plan.


7 posted on 03/21/2013 7:08:16 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I’m more pissed off with our house being closed and the oabma’s thinking it is their house which we pay for and how she moves her family in there on our dime.


8 posted on 03/21/2013 7:13:26 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: DogByte6RER

That’s a pretty incredible effect.
Thanks


9 posted on 03/21/2013 7:23:19 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Every penny adds up.

Every cent that the government waists must first be taken, by force, from a person who earned it or borrowed from some one else. If just the waste was removed from the Federal Spending we could go a long way to cutting the deficit.


10 posted on 03/21/2013 7:37:53 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I have ancestors who fought on both sides. I’m not receiving any benefits.


11 posted on 03/21/2013 7:40:29 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Look, they freed the slaves and kept this country together. You owe them.
If not for them you now would be forced to sing Dixie.
Take care of our vets!


12 posted on 03/21/2013 7:40:40 PM PDT by sickoflibs (O's sequester Apocalypse tour just proved why we need the 2nd amendment more than ever NOW!)
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To: justlurking

Amazing isn’t it? I had three great-grandfathers in the Civil War and two were wounded. From the Nat’l Archive records that I have on them, they fought tooth and nail with the government to get $5.00 a month in benefits.


13 posted on 03/21/2013 7:43:15 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Inyo-Mono

According to the Daily Mail article from which I linked that table, the remaining two children receiving Civil War pensions get $867/year.


14 posted on 03/21/2013 7:53:18 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: justlurking

I saw that, but my wounded relatives only received $5 a month from the 1880s till they died in the 1920s and ‘30s.


15 posted on 03/21/2013 8:01:27 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: DogByte6RER
So there is a problem?

If a vet and they are entitled to a benefit they are entitled to that benefit as long as they are eligible no matter how many years may have passed.

If the country cannot keep its promises to its Veterans the game is up .... as our enemies can be counted on keep their promise to destroy the USA...

16 posted on 03/21/2013 8:07:35 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: sickoflibs

I like dixie


17 posted on 03/21/2013 8:17:19 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: montanajoe

winnah winnah chicken dinnah!

A contract is a contract. I bet just about any male who was 15-65 was eligible to participate in the 1861-65 miltary olympics, with all the responsibilities and rights that entailed.

The issue we have today is with unearned, vice earned, benefits.


18 posted on 03/21/2013 8:41:58 PM PDT by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: redlegplanner
You mean like Clinton stuffing the Defense Dept with civilians that “earned” a military pension upon appointment, like Jamie Gorelick?

Politicos should NEVER get a military pension unless they served active duty, with the same T&C that everyone lives with.

And now that civil service pensions are even better than military pensions... arrggh!

(Not talking about perfumed prices that stay in for 20 and get promoted due to connections - that is another issue).

19 posted on 03/21/2013 9:22:19 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: DogByte6RER

My great grandfather was killed in the Civil War...died from wounds received in the battle of Shiloh...where do I apply? :)


20 posted on 03/21/2013 9:27:37 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: DogByte6RER

that is just insane


21 posted on 03/21/2013 9:31:33 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Widows of Veterans that die from injuries or illness directly related to their service; even if the death occurs later, as well as widows of 100% disabled Veterans still get payments (DIC) for life. There are some qualifiers, time married to Veteran, length of Veteran’s disability, etc. They have to file a claim and then it is all sorted out- but still some widow’s benefits available.


22 posted on 03/21/2013 9:42:14 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: DogByte6RER
To view that properly, you need one of these:


23 posted on 03/22/2013 3:51:10 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

In the early 60’s I knew a woman in her 80’s who was receiving a Civil War Veteran Survivor’s pension.


24 posted on 03/22/2013 4:08:42 AM PDT by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) is a voluntary annuity program for military retirees. If the retiree participates their surviving spouse can receive up to 55% of the retirement pay, based upon how much the retiree chooses to have withheld from their retirement pay, The surviving spouse will receive this payment for life, unless they remarry. The program is paid for by the contributions of the retirees. If the spouse dies before the retiree then the retiree can opt out of the program but any monies contributed to SBP are not refunded.


25 posted on 03/22/2013 5:05:24 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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