US still paying families of Civil War veterans
The US government is still paying compensation to descendants of veterans from the Civil War, which ended 148 years ago.
Each year two surviving offspring of veterans who fought in the conflict receive cheques worth $879 (e679).
The unnamed recipients live in Tennessee and North Carolina.
There are also 10 recipients of benefits linked to their fathers who fought in the Spanish-American War of 1898, the cost of that conflict is currently around $50,000 a year.
The US government's total compensation bill for veterans and survivors of all the wars since, including World War One, World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, is $40bn a year. America left Vietnam 40 years ago but the compensation bill is $22bn a year, twice the size of the FBI 's annual budget. (© Daily Telegraph, London)