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Declaration of Independence... 1776.
Ratification of Constitution... 1789.

It took thirteen years here; here there were no former tyrants nor religious zealots violently opposing democracy.

Everyone deserves freedom and democracy.

Watching the democracy dance makes me laugh and cry. I'm so proud of my country.

In joy and sorrow, we've sent a donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. This fund provides support to the families of American servicepeople who have paid the ultimate price providing the freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people that we Americans take for granted.

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
Attn: Lara Coury
One Intrepid Square
West 46th St & 12th Ave
New York, New York 10036

'100% of contributions from the public for this effort go to support military families; no administrative costs are deducted. The Fund’s Board of Trustees underwrites all administrative costs.'

http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/

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timehole
Jan. 31st, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
that's extremely cool of you. i'm sure you of all people have done your homework on the fund, and i'm guessing this means you're feeling secure in terms of potential layoffs, too, which is good.

i'm not up on how much the military gives to their families through life insurance policies or whatever, or how much it might vary, but is it largely insufficient in most cases? i wouldn't be too suprised.
bxiie
Jan. 31st, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Also, FWIW, our charitable giving tends to have little to do with our perceived financial situation; we give what we can when we are moved to do so. I like to think there is karmic retribution.
bxiie
Jan. 31st, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
The fund has some info on the website regarding what the 'death benefits' are. I would consider them to be short. Unfortunately, we as a society do not recognize the contribution and sacrifice that service people make; many servicepeople with families are forced to take second jobs or find other sources of income while serving.

'Apart from GI life insurance, which is voluntary and which some soldiers do not have, the benefits provided for widows and children of our troops are not enough for them to get by: a $12,000 death benefit; and a percentage of the deceased�s monthly pay for spouses and children until remarriage. Spouses are also asked to vacate the base within 180 days...

The Fund offers unrestricted contributions of $11,000 to surviving spouses and an additional $5,000 contribution to each dependant child.'

Not much, but almost doubles the base death benefit.
geckospot
Feb. 1st, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
Uncle Sam didn't issue the family
Enlisted folks are the ones most likely to be hit and the families most affected by a loss, esp. when the kids start coming along. It can be a good retirement but you got get there first!

I like your karmic giving, too. Seems more honest than tithing or just making the right tax deductions.

My mom's got a few good stories to tell about being a young enlisted man's wife. I'll have to email her that info.
rabidkitten
Feb. 1st, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
President Bush is proposing raising the benefit to $100,000. Plus, providing life insurance coverage at $150,000. I realize this may seem like a huge jump, I think it is to allow for negotiating room. During the 90s the benefit was only $6000 and half of that was taxable! Bush doubled it almost immediately after being elected and made it untaxable, but still $12,000 is not enough. Later in his first term there was an increase relating to inflation bringing the current benenfit to $12,420.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
congratulations on your charity
bxiie
Feb. 2nd, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your brave sarcasm.
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