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The regime, at least initially, provided substantial sums of
money to the families of war "heroes." Parents received, as a
lump payment, enough for a car, a piece of land, and a new house.
In addition, a victim's brother was assigned a monthly pension of
ID500--which was equivalent in purchasing power to somewhat less
than the same amount in US dollars in 1987--and his sister, in
keeping with "Iraqi tradition," received a pension of half that
amount. A widow and surviving children also received monthly
pensions, in addition to a guarantee of free university education
for the children.
The government reduced its benefits packages in 1985,
especially after revenues declined. Survivors of a soldier killed
in battle continued to receive the equivalent of US$10,000, and
veterans received monthly pensions equivalent to US$500, but
women whose husbands and sons were away fighting found it
increasingly difficult to make ends meet.
Data as of May 1988