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> > Is this Fair? - This is interesting What's a Military Family Worth? by
> > Rush Limbaugh, March 11, 2002
> >
> > I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the
> > September 11th casualty, and those
> > who die serving the country in uniform, are profound.
> >
> > No one is really talking about it either because you just don't criticize

> > anything having to do with September 11th. Well, I just can't let the
> > numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the
> > entitlement mentality of this country.
> >
> > If you lost a family member in the September
> > 11th attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is
> > minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.
> >
> > 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 under 18. When the

> > child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt. Keep in mind
> > that some of the people that are getting an average of $1.185 million up
> > $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough.
> >
> > We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the
> > City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that
> > September 11th families are getting. In addition to that, some of the
> > families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation

> > as well.
> >
> > 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
> > sad.
> >
> > "Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the
> > tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."-Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.
> >
> > Every time when a pay raise comes up for the military they usually
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > have to pay into the system. If some of the military people stay in for
> > years and get out as an E-7 you may receive a pension of $1,000 per
> > and the very people who placed you in harms way receive a pension of
> > per month. I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and

> > join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for
> > sons and daughters who are now fighting.
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i agree with this completely......compensations for families who lost loved ones in terrorist attacks should be smiliar but its not because NYC is such a high profile area and more money goes through downtown NYC than Oklahoma City or the US embassies.....its not in the article but the difference between a family who lost someone on Sept 11 and a family who lost a loved one in the other two attacks is quite disturbing

although ive known congressman to be overpaid for quite a while, it is outrageous to see a 14K difference between a congressman and a military vet

im just venting after reading this article
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