Monday, January 31, 2005

It is about time

It looks like the efforts of Sen. George Allen are going to pay off in an even bigger way than he had hoped for.

Story.

WASHINGTON - President Bush will propose a dramatic increase to $250,000 in government payments to families of U.S. troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in future combat zones.

The plan to increase the tax-free “death gratuity,” now $12,420, to $100,000 and provide an extra $150,000 in life insurance payouts will be part the 2006 budget proposal submitted to Congress next week. . .
The existing "death gratuity" is a disgrace. I'm not sure any amount can ever really be enough, but this is good first step in rectifying the situation.