Govt. Shutdown Delays Payment to Families of Fallen Soldiers

Govt. Shutdown Delays Payment to Families of Fallen Soldiers

The $100,000 payment, known as the death gratuity, is typically sent to families of the fallen within three days to help them pay for funeral costs or travel to meet the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones.
WHAG NEWS - In what Veterans are calling an outrageous slight, the federal government is withholding money normally sent to families of fallen soldiers, including the families of four killed in Afghanistan on Sunday. 

The $100,000 payment, known as the death gratuity, is typically sent to families of the fallen within three days to help them pay for funeral costs or travel to meet the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones. 

Outrage escalated on Tuesday among relatives of the fallen and among Veteran Advocacy groups, calling it an unacceptable breach of the country's obligation to its volunteer military and their families. 

Just last week, Congress passed a law to pay military families during the shutdown. Pentagon officials studied it to assess whether it might cover the death gratuity and determined that it was not possible. 

Republican aides in Congress said that they were drafting legislation to restore the death gratuity, and that it could be put to a vote as early as Wednesday. 
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