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Reservists to Get Equal Death Benefits Under Bill

December 9, 2016

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National Guard and Reserve members would receive the same death benefits as their active-duty counterparts under a bill expected to pass Congress this week.

As it stands now, family members of Guardsmen and Reservists killed during inactive training receive a much smaller monthly payment than those of active-duty members. For example, a survivor receives $1,036 a month if the spouse was killed on inactive training status, yet another receives $3,381 if the spouse was killed on active duty, according to a fact sheet from the Defense Department.

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