Example: [Limbaugh, 2002]
by Rush Limbaugh
March 11, 2002
I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the
If you lost a family member in the
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
Keep in mind that some of the people that are getting an average of
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.
Origins: The above-referenced Rush Limbaugh piece from March 2002 contrasts the compensation paid to families of
Family members of September 11 victims (which include those killed at the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site) could apply to receive compensation from the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) established by the federal government. The (non-taxable) compensation amount included $250,000 (plus an additional $100,000 for the spouse and each dependent of the victim) in non-economic losses, plus additional compensation for economic loss determined by factors such as the victim's age and income level. As of April 2004, more than
In contrast, back in 2002 the figures listed on the military's Death Benefits chart regarding benefits provided to the families of service members who died or were killed on active duty were paltry by comparison:
- A $6,000 death gratuity to provide immediate cash to meet the needs of survivors.
- A burial allowance ranging from $100 to $3,000 (and other associated compensation for funeral and burial costs).
- A Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for the spouse at a flat rate annuity of $833 per month, with an additional $211 paid for each dependent child until age 18.
Also, the original piece didn't mention that military personnel are automatically insured (unless they decline the coverage) under the Servicemembers' Group Life
We note that service members have to pay premiums for SGLI (currently $27 per month for the maximum coverage), and that many of the civilians killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks also had life insurance policies which paid benefits to their surviving family members.
This piece has also been circulated with a coda that looks like it was tacked on by someone else, possibly as a commentary on the article which has now mistakenly been assumed to be a part of the original article itself:
Every time when a pay raise comes up for the military they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low rent housing. However our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one-time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month and most are now equal to be millionaires plus. They also do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.
If some of the military people stay in for
Last updated: 7 February 2010