Kels Risner Pension Increase
H. R. ll536. Kels Risner, aged 69 years, served as a private in Company F, Fourteenth Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, from June 20,1863. to September 15. 1865 (2 years 3 months), and "is now a pensioner under the act of May 11, 1912, at $17 per month; age and service.
He was formerly pensioned under the act of July 14, 1862, at $14 per month by reason of disease of lungs, rheumatism, and resulting disease of heart, and accidental bayonet wound right foot. These disabilities were shown by medical examination of September 6, 1911: also disease of kidneys.
Dr. W. C. Connelly, May 22, 1912. declares that on March 1, 1912, pensioner dislocated his right shoulder and fractured clavicle and is absolutely disabled for manual labor.
Pensioner and neighbors testify that, he owns a rough mountain farm valued at $100, also a cow, but has no income but his pension, and is totally disabled for labor. Old, crippled, and poor in this world's goods, an increase to $30 is justified, especially in view of his long service.
Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. United States Congressional Serial Set, By United States Government Printing Office; Published by U.S. G.P.O., 1913, p. 38