Skip to comments.U.S. Still Making Payments to Relatives of Civil War Vets (143 Years Later, V.A. Still Pays Out)
Posted on 03/21/2013 6:51:06 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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.
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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
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The two children of American Civil War veterans who are STILL receiving soldiers’ pensions nearly 150 YEARS after war ended
Who is worried about the $876 per year? We’ve got a lot more foolish spending, especially under the current regime!
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.
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.
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.
That’s a pretty incredible effect.
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.
I have ancestors who fought on both sides. I’m not receiving any benefits.
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!
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.
According to the Daily Mail article from which I linked that table, the remaining two children receiving Civil War pensions get $867/year.
I saw that, but my wounded relatives only received $5 a month from the 1880s till they died in the 1920s and ‘30s.
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...
I like dixie
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.
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).
My great grandfather was killed in the Civil War...died from wounds received in the battle of Shiloh...where do I apply? :)
that is just insane
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.
In the early 60’s I knew a woman in her 80’s who was receiving a Civil War Veteran Survivor’s pension.
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.