Tuesday, September 14, 2004

It's The Least We Can Do - A Quantity The Bush Administration Specializes In

From Centcom:

September 14, 2004
Release Number: 04-09-44


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


IRAQI POLICE SERVICE OFFERS 'DEATH BENEFITS' TO FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN

BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Iraqi Police Service officers received “death benefits” assistance, Saturday, for family members of personnel killed in the line of duty, effectively ending the previous pension system.

The benefits, immediately directed by Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, amount to direct dependent payment of 1 million Iraqi dinars, upon death, and additionally pay families the decedent’s full salary until what would have been the officer’s 63rd birthday.

Only officers killed in the line of duty qualify for the benefit – retroactively extending back to personnel killed in the line of duty since early April 2003. Cause of death is established by a five person team.

Prior to Saturday’s implementation, families of officers could expect just six months of full pay after the service member’s death, followed by a lesser pension system draw.

Since the end of the war, nearly 600 Iraqi Police Service officers have been killed in the line of duty.

Given the appalling number of Iraqi policemen killed today alone, I wonder whether Bush has allocated enough money in his budget to cover the cost.

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