The Worth of a Military FamilyTruth! & Fiction!



Summary of eRumor:

A message that contrasts the compensation between victims of the Attack on America on September 11 with that given for the loss of a member of the military.  It is said to have been written by Rush Limbaugh.

The Truth:

First, we have not been able to confirm that this was written by Rush Limbaugh.

The financial figures quoted, however, appear to be accurate enough to demonstrate the point. Complex tables are used to determine the exact compensation for each family who experienced loss because of the terrorists, but the latest estimated average is $1.8 million, minus any payouts from life insurance.  On March 7, 2002, the spokesperson for the victim’s fund, attorney Kenneth Feinberg, announced that the base amount of the award to be given to each family would be $250,000.  Additional awards would be based on factors such as the number of children and the estimated income lost by the death of the family member.  That is vastly different that the compensation received by the family that has lost a member of the military.  

The benefits for military families outlined in the eRumor are accurate, according to the Department of Defense.

The part of the eRumor that claims that members of congress don’t have to pay into Social Security and retire with full salary after one term is false.  We have that story posted.  CLICK HERE for details.

updated 08/11/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

 Subject: What is a Military Family Worth? by Rush Limbaugh, March 11, 2002

 I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the September 11th casualty, and those who die serving the 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 11th.  Well, I just 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 11th 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 that are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it’s not enough. 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 11th 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 fifty years of entitlement politics in this country. It’s just really sad.

 “Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” –Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.

 Every time when 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. However our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and 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 be millionaires plus. They also 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 you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed you in harms way receive 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.