As many as 61,000 military widows whose husbands died of causes relating to their military service lose out on thousands of dollars a year in survivor benefits because of a law that dates from the 1970’s.
Widows and retirees have spent decades trying to persuade Congress to change the law, which hits hardest at the widows of lower-ranking service members and is referred to by many critics as the “widow’s tax.’’
The Senate passed such a change last year and again this year as part of the military authorization bill. But House Republican leaders oppose the change because of its steep price tag, nearly $9 billion over 10 years, Senate legislative aides from both parties say. A change was not in the military bill that passed the House, but lawmakers who support the change are hoping to make it part of the bill’s final version, which is now being worked on by a bipartisan Congressional committee.
“My husband thought he was securing my future,” said Edie Smith, a member of the Gold Star Wives, a group of military widows who are lobbying to change the law. “He didn’t realize his own disability would void the benefit he purchased for me.”
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
War Vet Dies? Bend Over While The GOP Screws The Surviving Spouses
Here's an interesting article pointed out to me by a friend. He said, "Think any one cares? Guess again."