2005-01-29—Lieberman—combat death payments
backs bill increasing
payments for combat deaths
Lieberman (D-Conn.) announced on Wednesday, Jan. 26, that he and a colleague
on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), were
introducing legislation mandating that increase. The measure also
authorizes an increase in the maximum life insurance coverage from
$250,000 to $400,000 per service person regardless of rank.
and Sessions named their bill the “HEROES” Act—HEROES being an acronym for
“Honoring Every Requirement Of Exemplary Service.”
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) previously had said such a
proposal would be a legislative priority.
of the measure's provisions would make the increased death payment
retroactive for the families of all service personnel whose lives were lost in
Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lieberman added: “I would add that those who risk the
ultimate sacrifice should know that their families will be taken care of as well
– that paying the price of freedom does not also mean the impoverishment of
their loved ones.”