Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Shutdown Denies Death and Burial Benefits to Families of 4 Dead Soldiers

1. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/us/politics/shutdown-holds-up-death-benefits-for-military-families.html?hp&_r=0 (New York Times, Jennifer Steinhauer; October 8, 2013)

2. Politics/Fiscal Problem

3. National

4. This article concerns--families of fallen soldiers overseas that will not be receiving death benefits because of the shut down.

5. This greatly impacts the individuals as well as their families. The individual (soldier) because they might not receive the proper burial or services that they deserved for dedicating their life to protect our freedoms. It impacts their families because the benefits that they should be receiving are not going to get dispersed to the families to pay for their proper burial and other costly expenses after their death.

6. I personally think this is ridiculous! If military members are still getting paid, they should still be able to receive benefits if they happen to be killed in the line of duty. It's not fair, definitely not for them (the deceased) or their families. In the article it says that if the families of the four deceased soldiers want to meet the plane carrying the bodies of their soldier, they will have to pay their own way to Delaware. I cannot believe that these people who gave their lives to protect us are being downgraded. It seems like they are not being honored in the way that they should be for their services to our country. Although the House is trying to pass a bill that includes payments and allowances to service members, it doesn't say a for sure time frame that this bill will actually be passed. I think that this bill shouldn't be something that the government takes lightly or takes it's time on passing. It is important that these people who have served us get their benefits are able to have the proper ceremonies and that their families be taken care of.

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