U.S. Still Paying Benefits to Families of Veterans from Civil War

| by Michael Allen

Most Americans know that the U.S. government may paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century.

However, it may surprise many folks to learn that the federal government is still paying families of veterans from the Civil War.

According to federal payment records recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Associated Press, the U.S. is still paying survivors of veterans from the Civil War from 148 years ago.

The Associated Press identified the disability and survivor benefits which included two children of veterans of the Civil War. One in North Carolina and one in Tennessee each get $876 per year.

Citing privacy, officials did not disclose the names of the two children getting the Civil War benefits.

Additionally, there are 10 living recipients of benefits tied to the 1898 Spanish-American War at a total cost of $50,000 per year, reports

Source: Associated Press and