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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Shutdown outrage: Military death benefits denied to families of fallen troops



At least five families of U.S. military members killed during in Afghanistan over the weekend were given a double-whammy by federal officials: Not only have your loved ones died, but due to the government shutdown, you won’t receive a death benefit.

The benefit is $100,000 and is wired to family members of the killed military member within 36 hours of the death. The so-called "death gratuity" is aimed at paying for funeral costs and to help with those living expenses normally covered by the soldier’s paycheck.

Continue Learning:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/8/shutdown-leaves-families-killed-soldiers-no-funera/

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