The woman's brother was a soldier killed in combat when she was just 2 years old. She had no memory of him until a neighbor told her of his existence years later. Her mother suffered from dementia, and was therefore unable to relay the information, according to Reuters
The woman filed a claim for compensation back in December 2008.
Originally, the government was not going to compensate her at all, since claims for compensation are supposed to be filed within 5 years after death. After a lawsuit, the government finally agreed to let her receive compensation.
The Korean Times
reports that an old law made it impossible for the woman to be compensated more. The law states that families of victims were originally entitled to 50,000 hwan, but due to a change in currency from the hwan to the won, the new amount was only 5,000 won . The 5,000 won is only equivalent to $4.33 USD, whereas the old currency of 50,000 hwan would be equivalent to around $3,000 USD.
says that a watchdog group, known as the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission
, is hoping to have the system revised in order for families of victims lost in the war to be compensated fairly.