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Normally when a a soldiers is killed the family receives $100,000 wired into their bank account from the DOD. The DOD says it "legally" can't. Yet acquisition people were put back on the job but can't buy anything.
This is pure and total bullshit of the highest order. Who is going to donate their bi-weekly paycheck to these families today so money can get wired.They have to be wealthy congress-critters of which we have plenty and they can be from any party. How about some of the wealthy people in the executive branch?
Is this all just too political for people to make these donations or find a way to "leagilize" these benefits? I honestly hope no one is playing politics with this . If its a real SNAFU then it needs to be unfked right away. If it's not. Then people in DC need to ante up now. See quote and links belows
'Just disgusting': Outrage after shutdown delays payment for families of fallen
By Andrea Mitchell and Erin McClam, NBC News
In what veterans call an outrageous slight after the ultimate sacrifice, the shuttered federal government is withholding a $100,000 payment normally wired to relatives of fallen soldiers — including the families of five killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.
The payment, known as the death gratuity, is typically sent to families of the fallen within three days to help them cover funeral costs or travel to meet the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones.
The families of five American service members killed over the weekend in Afghanistan have been notified that they will not receive the payment. A relative of one of the five called it “devastating.”
The families of five U.S. troops killed overseas this weekend will not receive the usual "death gratuity" due to the government shutdown. A typical $100,000 compensation is wired to families within 36 hours to help with funeral and other expenses.
“Impacting grieving families when they are at their absolute weakest point is just disgusting,” said Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the largest organization of combat veterans in the United States.