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Love him or loathe him, he nailed this one right on the head.............

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

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 U.S. 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

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.
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That's what I like about ole Rush....cuts to the chafe....yeah, the compensation is fricking ridiculous.....period. I'll go further than just "Our Boys Dying in Iraq & Afghanistan".....extend that to the LEOs out on our streets any firefighters and EMT guys that die in the "line of duty". I guess my ole gray matter just isn't structured the same as the typical "American"....I still like ole JFK's speech "Ask not what your country can do for you (compensation askers), ask what you can do for your God, serve !

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Bravo3 said:
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.
Well, he does know how to push the buttons! :smile:

I got out after about 22 years as an E-8, and as it turns out it wasn't the low pension that got to me (The first increase in my retired pay actually COST me about $2 a month..... Next tax bracket. :biggrin: ), it was the medical.

When I enlisted the Army (government) was going to give me free medical care for life. Think of my surprise when a couple years after I retired I get a new ID card, and find that my medical benefits expire when I turn 65, and I'm farmed out to medicare. Then to add insult to injury...... The military medical is now like an HMO, you pay as you go! So much for my benefits!!

No wonder Vets are so grumpy!
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