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Benefits for the ones the soldiers leave behind

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 24, 2008 at 11:49 am with No Comments »
March 24, 2008 11:49 am

We ran the New York Times story Friday about the death benefit that is paid to spouses and relatives of U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq — a very difficult subject. (NYT version here.)

One reader in Yelm sent an anonymous letter to our editor that I think might reflect how others felt about the story. Our letters folks don’t run anonymous letters but they forwarded it to me:

Concerning “They coped with a loss – and then with a gain”, this article upset me very much!

The article gives the impression that once our spouse is killed serving our country, we win the lottery! It does NOT however tell of all the hardships we face, i.e. … the minute our spouse dies, so does our world as we know/knew it. There is no longer the income, it is stopped immediately, so the next house payment, next electric bill, next anything is left for us to try and

come up with, THAT is the reason for the first allotment, without it, we would lose everything else. Second, the life insurance policy is paid for

out of the military members check monthly! It is not free!

It hurt my heart to see this article printed the way it was worded. I don’t believe it is anyone’s business to know how much money is allotted to the fallen soldier’s family. I don’t appreciate the overall impression the

article gives. I would gladly give up every penny to know that my spouse will be walking through the door once his duty to our country is complete!

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