From the New York Times:
"Three days after the marines rang the doorbell and told Cpl. Marc T. Ryan’s parents their son was dead, they returned to the Ryans’ split-level house in Gloucester City, N.J. This time, they had a check.
The military death gratuity, the Defense Department calls it. It is a one-time payment of $12,000 to the survivors of military men and women killed in the line of duty…
Everyone in the military is now automatically insured for $250,000 through a group life-insurance program that charges modest premiums…"
It’s nice that military men are eligible for the life insurance, but $12,000 LODD payment is a joke.
One idea to to increase the LODD payment to $100,000, and increase the life insurance coverage to $300,000.
“Senator [Jeff] Sessions [an Alabama Republican] said that initial estimates of the first-year cost of increasing the gratuity to $100,000 and the group life insurance coverage to $300,000 were $460 million.”
Maybe if the Government didn’t send its soldiers to fight in meaningless “wars” all the time, the cost could be greatly reduced. Dumbasses.