Announces Agreement that Deceased Soldiers Deserve Proper Military Burial

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On October 8, 2013, The New York Times published an article entitled “Shutdown Denies Death and Burial Benefits to Families of 4 Dead Soldiers” that reports the denial of benefits to military families of those killed in combat during the government shutdown. In response, announces its agreement with lawmakers that the soldiers and their families deserve to receive a standard military funeral.

In her October 8, 2013 article, “Shutdown Denies Death and Burial Benefits to Families of 4 Dead Soldiers” (published in The New York Times) Jennifer Steinhauer reveals that military families of soldiers killed in combat during the government shutdown are being denied burial benefits. In light of such reports, agrees with many members of Congress that the Department of Defense should provide benefits to ensure a proper military burial, regardless of the government shutdown.

Steinhauer tells of 4 soldiers who were killed Sunday October 6, 2013 after enemy forces attacked their unit situated in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. According to Carl Woog, spokesperson for the D.O.D., “the Department of Defense does not currently have the authority to pay death gratuities and other key benefits for the survivors of servicemembers killed in action.”

In response, many congressmen including Senator Harry Reid and Senator John McCain are seeking resolutions from Congress to provide for the benefits of the families. Being withheld is about $100,000 worth of coverage, a 12 month allowance for housing, and burial benefits. Without access to such funds, families will be unable to provide a proper military burial, and agrees that military families should have access to benefits. As seen by the potential expenses awaiting the military families, planning for a proper burial and paying for a funeral out of pocket is a daunting task.

As Jennifer Steinhauer asserts in her article, military families are being denied death benefits of soldiers who killed in combat during the government shutdown because the Department of Defense claims no authority over paying gratuities and benefits. Members of Congress are likely to pass a resolution to provide for such benefits, and agrees that the soldiers in question deserve a proper military funeral. For those with questions about the logistics of a burial or funeral or memorial, recommends the website Burial Insurance Insider as an informative online resource.

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