CNN: President Says Death Benefits for Military Families To Be Restored Today

Posted on: 4:52 am, October 9, 2013, by

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(CNN) - President Barack Obama was disturbed to learn that death benefits were not being paid to survivors of fallen military survivors as a result of the partial government shutdown and has directed the Pentagon, the Office of Management and Budget and White House lawyers to figure out a way to address the problem, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

The president expects the problem “to be fixed today,” Carney said.

Normally the families would receive a $100,000 death benefit and the government would cover the cost of flying to Dover Air Force base in Delaware, where flag-draped caskets return.

This benefit was impacted by the government shutdown.

“Shouldn’t we as a body, Republican, Democrat, no matter who we are, shouldn’t we be embarrassed about this? Shouldn’t we be ashamed?” asked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on Tuesday.

CBS News reports that before the shutdown, Congress passed a bill “authorizing the government to keep paying and supporting the troops.” The language however, according to the Pentagon’s interpretation, did not permit payment of the death benefit — a fact which Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., warned about ahead of time on Sept. 30.

7 comments

  • this a disgrace. this needs to fixed .

  • lotus10 says:

    Yes, Sen. John McCain, you should be extremely ashamed, along with every other member of the US Congress who’s vote created this mess, including our very own Rep. Mo Brooks. You’ve shamed our country in the eyes of the United States of America, and the eyes of the entire world.

    It’s way past time to force the issue of term limits and get rid of some of the old-timers in Congress. Maybe that would help to alleviate much of the problems with the US government? Frankly, I’m really sick of listening to some of these “old coots” – not just the men, the women too like Diane Feinstein – who’ve been running our country for decades.

    Who exactly is it that would enforce term limits? Congress playing the same old back and forth game? Someone, anyone, please tell me! I’d really like to know!

    • lotus10 says:

      This has nothing to do with being a Democrat, or a Republican. I always vote, every single time there’s an election of any kind, I always have. And I never “party” voted, nor am I a member of any political party. By the time the elections roll around, I’m usually so disgusted with everyone who’s running, I end up voting against the candidate I despise the most.

      This has everything to do with being an American.

  • bob says:

    It took nine days, for the Whitehouse to find out. who is leading our country?

  • Just throw the bums, like Mo Brooks, out.

  • Michael Kewl says:

    “The solemn ceremonies at a military base in Hawaii are a sign of the nation’s commitment to returning and identifying its fallen warriors. The ceremonies have been attended by veterans and families of MIAs, led to believe that they were witnessing the return of Americans killed in World War II, Vietnam and Korea.

    The ceremonies also have been known, at least among some of the military and civilian staff here, as The Big Lie.”

    This is how our Military actaully treats our honored dead upon their “return”…

  • Michael Kewl says:

    “The solemn ceremonies at a military base in Hawaii are a sign of the nation’s commitment to returning and identifying its fallen warriors. The ceremonies have been attended by veterans and families of MIAs, led to believe that they were witnessing the return of Americans killed in World War II, Vietnam and Korea.These ceremonies also have been known, at least among some of the military and civilian staff here, as The Big Lie.”

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