United States Continues to Pay Benefits to Child Born to a Civil War Veteran
The Civil War ended 154 years ago, but believe it or not, the United States government is still paying $876 a year in survivor benefits to the child of a Civil War veteran.
Private Mose Triplett probably isn't a name that you would recognize off the top of your head, but his story is quite an interesting one. Triplett was part of the Civil War, having joined the rebels before deserting on the road to Gettysburg and then defecting to the Union side.
According to Time Magazine, at some point in the 1920s, Triplett, who was born in 1846 married a woman named Elida, who was at least 50 years younger than he. In 1930, Triplett's young wife gave birth to a daughter and the couple named the baby Irene. Triplett was 83-years-old at the time of Irene's birth.
Born mentally disabled, Irene never married nor did she have children. Today, Irene Triplett is 88-years-old, lives in an undisclosed nursing home, and holds the distinction of being the last living recipient of a Civil War pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs which her father earned for his service in the war.
According to AARP, "Moses Triplett died in 1938, making his family members eligible for his Civil War pension. Irene Triplett’s mother died in 1967 — leaving the daughter eligible." Florida Today reports that Irene Triplett collects $73 a month from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a pension payment for her dad's service in the Civil War.
According to Florida Today, "The last surviving Civil War veteran died in 1956 at the age of 109...The last Civil War widow died in 2008 at the age of 93."
And now you can fully understand why the name "Irene Triplett" will forever be tied to the history of the Civil War even though she wasn't born until after it ended.