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Graham wants to boost pensions for Medal of Honor recipients

FILE - In this March 10, 2016 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Graham, who oversees the U.S. foreign aid budget says Israel made a mistake by signing a $38 billion security agreement with the Obama administration.
FILE - In this March 10, 2016 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Graham, who oversees the U.S. foreign aid budget says Israel made a mistake by signing a $38 billion security agreement with the Obama administration. AP

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to ensure American service members who receive the Medal of Honor get a financial boost too.

The Seneca Republican is one of four senators sponsoring a bill that would more than double the monthly pensions given to Medal of Honor recipients.

The bill proposes increasing those pensions from $1,303.51 a month to $3,000, the first increase to the stipend since 2002. It would cost approximately $15 million over a 10-year period.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action for a member of the armed forces, usually presented by the president on behalf of Congress.

There are 72 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, including two in South Carolina: Kyle Carpenter of Columbia and James Livingston of Mount Pleasant. The bill is also sponsored by Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Ed Markey, D-Mass.

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