Bill Would Boost Payment to Killed Soldiers' Survivors

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Pallbearers carry the body of Pfc. Brandon Smith, a 20-year old Marine killed on duty in Iraq, at his funeral March 26, 2004. Corbis hide caption

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A planned proposal in Congress would increase the financial compensation to families for soldiers killed in combat. Currently, the U.S. government pays a $12,000 'death gratuity,' but some lawmakers are suggesting that be upped to $100,000. NPR's David Welna reports.

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