Gov’t Shutdown Stops Payments of Military Death Benefits

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A lapse in benefits normally paid to the families of U.S. service members killed in combat is adding to the already existing anger over the partial federal government shutdown.


A U.S. Army carry team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Army Sergeant Jamar A. Hicks of Little Rock, Arkansas, down the ramp of an aircraft during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base August 14, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (credit: Getty Images)

With a good majority of the Pentagon workforce returning to work despite large-scale furloughs hitting other federal agencies, the benefits typically paid to families of the fallen have yet to be restored during the current government shutdown.

“This particular situation is unthinkable,” Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), said on the House floor Tuesday. “A great injustice is being done to our service members and their families.”

Among the benefits being withheld are a $100,000 cash payment typically paid to a service member’s family within three days of their death in the combat zone. Burial benefits, which include reimbursement for recovery, care, as well as the funeral and interment of remains are also included in those benefits.

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