Way down at the bottom of this AP story about the ongoing cost of all our wars is this interesting tidbit, "The Civil War payments are going to two children of veterans — one in North Carolina and one in Tennessee — each for $876 per year."
I can't decide if it's more shocking that there are still kids of Civil War veterans who are alive or that our country doesn't die of shame only giving them $876 a year. The AP story explains, "Children under the age of 18 can also qualify, and those benefits are extended for a lifetime if the person is permanently incapable of self-support due to a disability before the age of 18." So: Something happened to these kids before they were 18 that resulted in them not being able to support themselves ... and we give them $876 a year.
Now, granted, back in 1865, that was the equivalent of $10,000-$12,000, which would be a nice little chunk of change to help offset the fact that these kids couldn't support themselves. But now? I guess it's better than nothing. But not by much.
It's really cool to know that we have children of Civil War veterans still alive. According to this Knoxville News Sentinel story from 2010, at that time we had six such people: "Tennessee boasts four Confederate sons — two in the Knoxville area, including Brown — along with a Union son and daughter." And it's a good reminder of just how young we are as a country. People whose fathers fought in the Civil War are still alive. It wasn't that long ago.