This was the lottery that nobody wanted to win. The day New York's Twin Towers were destroyed by hijacked planes, hundreds of widows were left destitute. As the full extent of the horror of 9/11 became evident, public donations poured in.
During the feverish days following the attack, Congress established a billion- dollar compensation fund, and grieving wives became overnight millionaires.
No one could have known that for many of them, the money would destroy their lives once again, attracting jealousy, resentful relatives and making them even more depressed. Some would become squandering, spendaholic widows, their payouts fuelling addictions which could not replace the husbands they had lost. Others would become embroiled in legal battles with their families, their lives eaten up by bitterness....
"Eileen also objected to having her right to sue the authorities or airlines removed, and refused the award. Robert's children - by his first marriage - wanted to take the compensation, and launched their own action against Eileen."
Very Very sad article. Greed and avarice are obviously hard task masters.
Mammon and divorce are clearly not the Christian way of life, which becomes very apparent in this story.
How sad. "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul?"
I agree with Leckey - there but for God's grace go I. These women have no God in which to find refuge. (would that I could tell them of Him!) I hope anyone who reads this report finds themselves more thankful for God's redeeming grace in their own lives.
Now just think about this. I am not a "conspiracy nut", but just think about this. If it ever turns out that the US Government knew about the pending attack and (for whatever reason) allowed it to happen, what would the potential liability be for the Government? The payout which secured releases from liability is a pittance compared to that.