So ... my research says that if you're a German working in Iraq as a mercenary contracted by the US government, and you die, then your spouse will get $110,000 for the rest of her life from the US government.
To a citizen of another country.
But if you're an American soldier and you die, your wife won't get anywhere near that.
Is my research correct?
And an American soldier makes around $25,000 a year, while civilian contractors make $100,000 - $200,000, and sometimes higher.
There are 180,000 contractors in Iraq, and 163,000 U.S. military personnel.
Another source, an earlier one, put the number of contractors at 127,000.
Either way, I'm disturbed. And confused.