Snoped it & it’s (not!) accurate

Update: I was wrong; it’s not accurate!   See the comments below.

Normally as soon as I see the acronym “FWD” & a wall of emails of people I don’t know, I delete it.   But since it was from one of my girlfriends who very rarely ever forwards anything of this sort, I decided to take a look at it.   Naturally I Snoped it first, & it was verified by Snopes to be true, & the figures mentioned in it to be more or less accurate.

For your reading convenience I’ve edited it for spacing issues, which often happens when something gets forwarded by email several times:

By Rush Limbaugh:

I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our 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 11. Well, I 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 11 attack, you’re going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a 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 who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it’s not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.   Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers… (Actually, soldiers are put in harms way by politicians and commanding officers.)

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 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 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It’s just really sad. Every time 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.  Make sense?

However, our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. 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 being millionaires plus. They 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 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm’s way receives a pension of $15,000 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 our sons and daughters who are now fighting.

This is interesting.   I was always under the impression that military folks had it made, especially in the retirement area.   I mean, look at the pleasant housing & those stay-at-home military wives.   But really?   They only get $1k a month pension?   That doesn’t make any sense to me.   If anyone can explain that to me, I’d appreciate it.   I have to be missing something.

Frankly, I think Americans in general are like some of the more stupid bar customers you see on weekends.   They think that if they can grab it, then they deserve it.   And I say “they” but I know that I live a privileged life, better than most.   In a perfect world we’d all be more reasonable, more generous, less grabby.   There would be fewer lawyers.   We’d have a fair idea of where all the money was going, too.   All this time I thought it was to the insurance companies.   lol

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2 responses to “Snoped it & it’s (not!) accurate

  1. Sorry to be nitpicky but I checked out the snopes article http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/deathpay.asp . Please note that the last section was tacked on by someone else and contains inaccurated information. e.g. the average annuity for retired members of Congress in 1998 was only $48k.

    Also, according to http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits/surviving-family-benefits , The Death Gratuity has been increased to $100k tax-free.

    The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance payment is $400k

    Survivor Benefit Plan, a monthly annuity paid by the military to the surviving spouse or, in some cases, eligible children, of a member who dies on active duty. The initial annuity paid to a surviving spouse is equal to 55 percent of the retired pay to which the member would have been entitled based upon years of active service if retired on the date of death.

    In addition to the current DIC of $1154/mo + $286/mo/child.

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