Not until after the U.S. entered World War I did U.S. life insurance companies start writing uniform war-risk clauses into their policies. Last week one big company —Equitable Life Assurance Society—jumped the guns, announced its own defense program for World War II. In future policies issued to members of the armed forces and men of draft age (except those in Class III), the company will insert a provision for repayment of premiums only in event of death in war. Other life companies were expected to follow suit.

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