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10 years after the launch of the Iraq War, a number of critics and analysts have been pointing to war’s extravagant financial cost – to say nothing of its toll on human lives. But a surprising report shows that nearly 150 years after its conclusion, the U.S. government is still paying relatives of Civil War veterans.

An analysis from the Associated Press found that more than $40 billion annually is being spent on veterans and survivors of wars dating back to the Spanish-American War of 1898 up through the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

There are actually only two recipients of Civil War benefits, both children of veterans and receiving $876 per year.

Read the rest of Eric Pfeiffer’s report at Yahoo! News/The Sideshow

Associated Press article: Costs of US wars linger for over 100 years

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