The Civil War may have ended 152 years ago, but for Irene Triplett, it still continues. Triplett, 87, is the sole surviving person to be receiving a Civil War pension from the Veterans Affairs. This means a monthly check for $73.13 from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
It was not uncommon during the Great Depression for elderly Civil War veterans to marry much younger nurses or caregivers for financial reasons. Often, those veterans adopted their new wives’ children, making them eligible for survivors benefits.
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Wars have financial consequences even 152 years later.