House Passes Bill on Death Benefits for Guard Benefits

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A bill providing one-time death benefits to the families of Kansas National Guard soldiers killed in combat in Iraq won House approval today.

The vote was 114 to eight. The measure now goes to the Senate.

It would provide $250,000 each to the families of four soldiers who have died in Iraq since September first, 2005. The benefit is the same amount that legislators had paid to the families of three previous soldiers killed in Iraq.

A few House members worried that not all soldiers were being treated equally, with Guard soldiers receiving better treatment than those on active duty. But supporters contend the bill actually provides benefits to
Guard families equal to those received by active-duty soldiers.

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