Woman Compensated $4 For Death of Brother in Korean War

Posted on October 20, 2011


A South Korean  woman was awarded $4.33 under an old government rule as compensation for the death of her brother during the Korean War, reports TIME.

A law took effect during the war, which ran from 1950 to 1953, that allowed the government to compensate family members for deaths. The woman, now 63, was just 2 years old in 1950 when her brother died while fighting.

Adjusted for inflation, the rate would still only come in at nearly $700, far below the $500,000 the U.S. gives ($100,000 in condolence money and $400,000 in life insurance) family members for any soldiers killed in active duty.

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