FORT SMITH -- Near Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 4, 1972, an American neighbor introduced 20-year-old Elly Boelhouwer to a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant.
Elly Gibbons looks at a portrait of her late husband, retired Chief Master Sgt. John Gibbons, U.S. Air Force.
After Elly Gibbons’ husband, retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Gibbons, died because of a service-related illness, she learned that a Defense Department annuity he had paid into would be reduced by the amount of the Veterans Affairs death benefit, cutting into her expected income.
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Print Headline: Widows say military-benefits 'offset' law adds insult to injury