Originally created 02/03/05

Doing right by our troops



Currently, when a U.S. soldier is slain in a combat zone, his or her family receives a $12,420 "death gratuity."

It's roughly half the $25,000 Saddam Hussein used to offer the families of suicide bombers.

That's scandalous.

Thank goodness there's a growing consensus in Washington to do a better job of honoring our slain soldiers and our commitment to their families.

President Bush is proposing, and Congress seems poised to accept, increasing the death benefit to $100,000, plus another $150,000 in life insurance payments for a total benefit of $250,000.

"We can never, in any program, give someone back their loved one," said David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. "But we can make your circumstances reasonable, in terms of finances."

Absolutely. It's a no-brainer.

Our heroic military families surely deserve more consideration than those families that spawn homicidal militants who kill innocents.