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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-10 07:59 AM
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Curiosity: let's say a 25 year old married American man with one kid enlists, goes to war...
Edited on Mon Nov-29-10 08:02 AM by Commie Pinko Dirtbag
...and gets killed with 2 1/2 years of service.

What does his family get? Money-wise, as in a pension.

And what if it's less than one year?
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-10 08:00 AM
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1. a flag & gold star..?....nt
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-10 08:01 AM
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2. I'm talking $$$. Pension. Do they get a pension? -nt
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-10 08:04 AM
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3. don't know, sorry...nt
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-10 08:09 AM
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5. I would guess they get a social security check that covers
children (I think) up to age 18 who lose their father for whatever reason.
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HillbillyBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-10 08:05 AM
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4. It has been 30 yrs since I was booted , but then the death bene was 10g
one time payment. Wife and kids might possibly get some food stamps that'll really help them out. Im on ssd i get a whole 8$ in food stamps. I don't even bother with the ebt card its not worth the embarrassment
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-10 08:10 AM
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6. According to DVA:
Department of Veterans Affairs
January 2009

Deaths on Active Duty - Survivor Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a variety of programs to assist the survivors of military personnel who die on active duty. Most of these provisions apply equally to those serving on active duty inside or outside a combat theater.

Summary of Benefits

Survivors receive certain payments or benefits regardless of whether the in-service death is due to combat, accident or disease, including:

Burial benefits for the deceased servicemember, which include a gravesite in any VA national cemetery with available space, perpetual care of the grave at no cost to the family, a government headstone or marker, Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a U.S. burial flag.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation at the monthly rate of $1,154 for a surviving spouse, with additional benefits for dependent children.

Life insurance, which most military members carry at the highest level, $400,000.

http://www1.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets/fs_survi...
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bluedigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-10 08:19 AM
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7. I believe the current payout is $50,000.
Service members can also buy policies up to $400,000 additional. http://www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/SGLI/mythsRumors.h...
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