Democrats call for expansion of death benefits
Democrats say they like the idea of giving extra money to families of US troops killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and future war zones. But they also want more money for all military personnel killed on active duty.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is hearing about the Bush administration's plan to boost military death benefits by 250-thousand dollars. The proposal includes retroactive pay to spouses or surviving relatives of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since October of 2001 -- when the US launched its response to Nine-Eleven.