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Killed In Action This Month? Don't Expect Benefits

Colin Hale |
October 8, 2013 | 2:47 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Family members of U.S. soldiers killed in action since October 1st will have their death benefits delayed due to the government shutdown, according to an article by the New York Times on Tuesday.

While Congress worked quickly to pass the "Pay Our Military Act" to pay active duty soldiers and civilian staff during the shutdown, the legislation failed to address death benefits, forcing families to go without necessary benefits if their relatives are killed in action.

While some Republican members of Congress have expressed utter glee at the result of the government shutdown, others like Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) called the delay for death benefits "outrageous and disgraceful," saying that legislators "ought to sit down and work it out."

Read the New York Times article here.

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