Rep. Duncan Hunter fighting to restore military death benefits
Obama's opinion of those who are willing to die for us… http://t.co/RR9nPGzsfs
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 9, 2013
Among all of the outrageous effects of the government shutdown, perhaps the most offensive is the withholding of a death benefit to the families of fallen troops. That benefit is used for funeral and travel expenses, among others. Military.com News reports:
The families of four soldiers and one Marine killed in Afghanistan over the weekend have been told that they will be denied death benefits while the government shutdown continues, leaving at least one mother in despair and disbelief. The families will also be denied travel re-imbursement should they choose to go to Dover Air Force Base, Del., for the solemn return of the caskets of their loved ones, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
Marine combat veteran Rep. Duncan Hunter is leading the fight to restore the death benefit immediately, writing to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel today and appearing tonight on “The Kelly File.”
"It's saddening, it's depressing, it's embarrassing" Rep Duncan Hunter regarding fallen troops families not receiving pay – #MakeDCListen
— Grateful Girl (@sbethcarp) October 9, 2013
Denying military death benefits? That is low class.
— Tony Katz (@tonykatz) October 9, 2013
@RealJamesWoods Total lack of leadership in this country is so freaking OBVIOUS!! How can the White House not step in and make this happen?
— Bruce Hall (@brucehallsports) October 9, 2013
These soldiers will never see their families again. POTUS refused to pay death benefits and GOP is called heartless? pic.twitter.com/NCOPEpiDBc
— Mark Allen (@mallen2700) October 9, 2013
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Update: It looks as though a fix could be passed in the House as early as tomorrow; unfortunately, the Senate and president would have to act as quickly to make a difference.
House GOP has just confirmed, the DOD death benefits bill is up Wednesday. Click here for the text of the bill. http://t.co/qA7puDa5Bi
— Pete Kasperowicz (@PeteKDCNews) October 9, 2013