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U.S. still paying Civil War veterans' families

(DesMoines Register) If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century.

At the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, more than $40 billion a year are going to compensate veterans and survivors from the Spanish-American War from 1898, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq campaigns and the Afghanistan conflict.

The Associated Press identified the disability and survivor benefits during an analysis of millions of federal payment records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.