It seems almost incomprehensible that life insurance companies would make millions in secret profits off of the death benefits of fallen U.S. servicemembers. But according to a groundbreaking report released yesterday by Bloomberg Markets magazine, that's exactly what is happening to thousands of spouses and parents of troops who gave their lives serving our nation.
After learning of the ongoing scam, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) wrote a letter to the head of Prudential Financial, Inc. demanding that they end the practice immediately, disclose the exact amount of profit they made off troops' death benefits, and return the money to the families. Murphy also made clear in his letter that while he hopes public outrage is sufficient cause for them to stop this practice, he's already working with colleagues to pursue legislation to ensure it never happens again. While these practices may not be illegal, he said, they're immoral and should stop immediately.
Murphy released the following statement after these revelations became public:
"I am outraged to learn that life insurance companies are ripping off parents and spouses of troops who sacrificed their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, making millions off benefits that should be going directly to the families.
I hope that it doesn't take an act of Congress to force life insurance companies to do the right thing by military families, but you can rest assured I'll do everything in my power to stop insurance companies' outrageous practice of secretly profiting off the death of U.S. troops."