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Here's an email I received today. Don't let it get your gonads all twisted because it's nothing new!


Subject: What are we worth?

We all know that Rush Limbaugh is full of it! Even he knows it! Yet his
messages still hit the mark. They still highlight many of the values
that many Americans hold dear.

The following is an example of what I'm referring to.

What's 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 onetime 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.

"When do we finally do something about this ??"

If this doesn't seem fair to you, it is time to forward this to as many
people as you can.

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yup I started bitchin as soon as I heard about the 911 familys getting the money, it aint right :(

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What's worse is how disabled veterans get treated. I'm sure there are memebers out there that receive medical retirement income. Their disability income is dedcuted from their wages. They fought for their country, got wounded and put out. Their medical retirement should be totally separate from disability pay. Then out of their medical retirement pay they have to buy medical insurance. A wounded / disabled veteran shouldn't have to pay squat, they earned free medical care. This is an issue being debated in Congress right now. If you're a disabled veteran, have a family that is or are concerned -- tell your elected government officials how you feel about to include the President who is about to veto the package.

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Funny..doesn't mention that the ONLY people getting those entiltlements are the World Trade Center victims, NOT the Pentagon families.

I am one of the lucky ones, my wife was at work at the WTC during the attack and she got out when the first plane hit. Had she been killed like the thousands of other unfortunate people, I would be seeing RED not GREEN!! WTF is wrong with this country that crap like this is acceptable??!

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Discussion Starter #6
Joe, the events that took place on 9/11 were nerve racking for those of us without loved ones at/near the crash sites. I just can't imagine how it must have been for those who were there or had someone there at that time. I hope that your wife, as well as yourself, have found a way to cope with the tragedy that took place.

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I appreciate the concern straydog, as you can imagine it was very hard at first -she watched firsthand as desperate people leapt from the tower. I was here at work when I got word that there was a fire in the WTC, I could not get through to her on the phone, all the lines were jammed.
It wasn't til after the second plane hit that she left the area and was able to call me. :(
She has coped very well, she can now watch documentaries and tv shows that show the footage of 9/11, and discuss what she saw without breaking down.
She also agrees that the whole WTC Fund compensation scheme is just sickening.
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