VA Still Paying Civil War Benefits

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: A statue at the grave of Clarence David McKenzie, who served in the American Civil War, is viewed at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn on the 149th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War on April 9, 2014 in New York City. McKenzie, the Little Drummer Boy, enlisted at age 11 in the drum corps of the Thirteenth Regiment, New York State Militia and was killed in training at age 12. Green-Wood Cemetery holds over 5,000 veterans of the war, including 75 Confederates and women who served as nurses. While New York was not the sight for any Civil War battles, it was home to numerous arms manufacturers, Confederate prisons, tens of thousands of volunteers and was a major center for the financing to the Union Army. The Civil War ran from 1861 to 1865.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays $73.13 every month to the last surviving child of a Civil War veteran still on its payroll. The VA is also still paying for pensions of 16 widows and children of the 1898 Spanish-American War and to 4,038 widows and children of World War I veterans. These expenses are indicative of just how long the country continues to pay for wars after they’ve technically ended. A feature in The Wall Street Journal Friday points out that the V.A. paid a total of $6.7 billion to the parents, spouses, and children of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans over the 2013 fiscal year.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal