Two children of Civil War veterans are still receiving government pensions, according to an AP article by Mike Baker. Because of privacy policies, federal officials refused to identify them, but Baker was told that one lived in North Carolina and the other in Tennessee.
They each receive $876 a year, or $73 a month.
It is not quite as odd as it sounds, because elderly, widowed veterans often remarried and a second, much younger wife may have been chosen as someone who could care for an elderly and maybe disabled man. The advantage for the woman was she knew she was assured a steady income from the government when the man died.
Baker, who did not disclose the age of the children, said their dates of birth indicate that the veterans were “roughly 70 or 80 years of age when the two people were born.”
Most of the article dealt with the cost to the government for military pensions for modern wars.