A one time payment of $12,000 dollars is how much the family of a fallen soldier receives within 72 hours of his/her death, it's called a "death gratuity." During President Bush's State of the Union adddress, he will propose growing that amount to $100,000.
Veterans at the VA Medical Center in Fort Thomas Kentucky say what took the government so long. " I think after 911 people started to think about Vets in a different way," says Roger Williams a Vietnam Vet.
According to James Miller Senior who's son James Junior died in Iraq this past Sunday, " we owe these people a huge debt of gratitude."