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Fight Over Death Benefits for Soldiers' Families
DOVER, Del. (WKRC) -- More fallout from the government shutdown.
The house votes to reinstate military death benefits, and President Obama vows the problem of those benefits not being paid will be fixed. The bodies of four US soldiers killed in Afghanistan arrived at Dover Air Base in Delaware Wednesday.
Because of the partial shutdown, the families of those soldiers did not receive a standard immediate death benefit that is meant to cover travel expenses and funeral costs. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Fisher House Foundation has agree to make the payments and the organization will be reimbursed after the shutdown.
Jay Carney, White House spokesperson, said, "The Republicans shut the government down. None of this would be an issue if the government were open. Ok two, Department of Defense, as every agency did, warned Congress of the myriad consequences of shutdown. This is one of those consequences."
Representative Lou Barletta, (R) Pennsylvania, said, "So let it be said loudly and clearly here in the House of Representatives we will never leave a fallen comrade. I urge my colleagues to pass the bill to make sure that the $100,000 gratuity is paid to cover final costs for Sgt. Hawkins and that all of our other brave men and women in service and that loved ones left behind receive what they are entitled to."