Military Benefits

Lawmakers to propose big increase in military death benefit

Senate Republicans are moving to improve the death benefit paid to the families of service members killed in action. They plan to introduce a measure today that would increase the survivor benefit from 12-thousand dollars to 100-thousand dollars. Virginia senator George Allen calls the current payment "a paltry and miserly amount." There's no word yet on the cost of the proposal, which would be retroactive to the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawmakers also want to improve the medical coverage for children of service members killed while on active duty. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says the proposals and others that benefit military families will be part of a larger package in the war on terror.