Still paying for the Civil War: two veterans’ children receiving benefits

U.S. News & World Report offers this interesting story on Feb. 9 its Washington Whispers column: : the government is still paying pension benefits to the children of two veterans.The magazine reports:

Department of Veteran Affairs spokesman Phil Budahn says the VA last checked in on the benefits recipients in the fall. Both were alive, but in poor health.

Budahn says it’s likely that the children of the Civil War veterans, who have wished to remain anonymous, both had illnesses that prevented them from ever becoming self-sufficient..

Trevor Plante, a reference chief at the National Archives says it’s also possible that the beneficiaries were young when their fathers died and had no living mothers to care for them, which would also qualify them for their fathers’ pensions.

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