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White House Plans to Ask for Death Benefit Increase

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White House Plans to Ask for Death Benefit Increase

White House Plans to Ask for Death Benefit Increase

White House Plans to Ask for Death Benefit Increase

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Pentagon officials say the White House plans to ask Congress to increase the tax-free death benefit for families of U.S. troops killed in combat zones from $12,000 to $100,000. The Pentagon says the proposal also calls for an increase of $150,000 in life insurance benefits. President Bush is expected to propose the dramatic increase in his budget plan to Congress next week.