Friday, April 18, 2008

Sole survivors discharged are losing military benefits; important bill in Congress

It seems though military veterans discharged after losing siblings in combat now lose their benefits.

In the past, the military has supported “family integrity” by often protecting a sole surviving son or child in a family when all others have been killed or major casualties in war.

California Congressman Devin Nunes is leading an effort to restore military benefits to soldiers discharged from the Army when they are the sole surviving sibling. The AP story by Garance Burke “Sole surviving son denied health benefits post-Iraq,” here, about just such a soldier after the Army with drew his family health benefits, educational benefits, and even tried to recoup his signup bonus. (We’ve heard of “recoupment” before in connection with the military gay issue.) Only congressional intervention protected the soldier. The bill is H.R, 5825, and the govtrack reference is here. The story was also featured on AOL Thursday.

I wonder if John McCain will address this issue in the campaign.

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