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of the "peacetime" Boxer Rebellion were likewise pensioned; and as late as 1951, the Congress unanimously-and wisely-adopted a joint resolution extending war veteran benefits to the veterans of the "peacetime police action" in Korea, and later all World War II veteran benefits were extended to that worthy group.
Clearly, therefore, the adoption of my resolution could not create a precedent. Indeed such an enactment would have the reverse effect because it would be in keeping with the long established general policy of the Congress. My resolution seeks to remove an inequity of 34 years existence. I hope, therefore, that this proposition will be enacted into law by this Congress.
The COUNSEL. Mr. Chairman, I think at this point it will be well to insert some comparative material on pensions and other benefits for veterans and widows.
Mr. BOYKIN. Without objection, it is so ordered.
Pension rates: Indian wars, Civil War, Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, World War II,
and service on or after June 27, 1950
Service pension laws in effect Mar. 19, 1933, reenacted by Public Law 269, 74th Cong., Aug. 13, 1935, as modified or amended
Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, and Boxer Rebellion
1 Also available to Spanish War group veterans. However, such veterans generally are entitled to, and take, the higher service pension rates set forth in column 3.
Rates of compensation or pension to widows, children, and parents or deceased veterans
70 days or more service but less than 90 days.
o disability or more. $67.73
Permanent and total.
Rated permanent and total for continuous period of 10 years or reach age 65 years. Aid and attendance.
No widow, 1 child
World War II..
World War II.
392,000 4,744, 000 16, 535, 000 4 6,698, 090
1 11, 000 131.000 409, 000 4 5 53,000
1 1,900 killed in action or died of wounds; 9,100 other deaths presumably attributable to disease. 2 Does not include 1,794 EOR cases.
3 Does not include 5 retired Reserve officer cases.
4 Through Dec. 31, 1954.
64,000 in and out of service.
Currently on VA rolls (as of Feb. 28, 1955)
6,000 62, 271 203, 000 2 695, 202 673, 0001, 674. 087 4 104, 000
Assistant Administrator for Legislation.
Deputy Administrator for Veterans' Benefits.
Request for certain data by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
In compliance with your memorandum dated February 21, 1955, relative to the above subject, the following data is furnished:
The percentage of the total number of veterans who served in various wars, currently drawing compensation or pension as of January 31, 1955, is as follows:
MARCH 11, 1955.
The total amount of pension a Spanish American War veteran would have received for permanent total non-service-connected disability if he had been continuously on the pension rolls from the time pension was first authorized for that group (act of June 5, 1920) through Dec. 31, 1954_.
The total amount of pension a World War I veteran would have received for permanent total non-service-connected disability if he had been continuously on the rolls from the time pension was first authorized for that group (act of July 3, 1930) through Dec. 31, 1954__
The total amount of non-service-connected death pension the widow of a Spanish-American War veteran would have received if she was continuously on the rolls from the time death pension was first authorized for that group (act of July 16, 1918) through Dec. 31, 1954, is
If widow was wife of veteran during period of service_‒‒‒
If widow was not wife of veteran during period of service---The total amount of non-service-connected death pension a widow of a World War I veteran would have received if she was continuously on the rolls from the time death pension was first authorized for that group (act of June 28, 1934) through Dec. 31, 1954‒‒‒‒‒‒‒ 172 months' average service.
301, 419 32, 612
1 $25, 211. 78
14, 528. 28
15, 130. 45 13, 345.50
8, 419. 53
RALPH H. STONE.