Skip to comments.Denying Immediate Death Benefits to Families of Fallen Soldiers is a Disgusting Political Ploy
Posted on 10/08/2013 7:35:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Five U.S. service members died over the weekend in Afghanistan, and now the government is refusing to shell out a $100,000 benefit to their families to help with the immediate costs of burying a loved one killed while serving their country.
A death gratuity is usually wired to the families within 36 hours. Its intended to cover funeral costs, time lost at work, and travel expenses to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to witness the return of their loved ones in flag-draped coffins.
But no. The government is shut down, so we must do things like keep geriatric heroes out of parks and deny benefits to grieving soldiers families.
"The government is hurting the wrong people," said Shannon Collins, who lost her son over the weekend in Afghanistan. "Families shouldnt have to worry about how theyre going to bury their child Families shouldnt have to worry about how they're going to feed their family if they dont go to work this week."
Amen Sister. And God bless your son Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah M. Collins, and may he rest in peace.
There is something very, very wrong here. There is money to pay these families, and they should be paid. If there is money to run Michelle Obamas Lets Move website, then there is money for these families.
If there is money for the glitchy Obamacare exchange websites that no one seems to be able to get through to, then there is money for these families.
This is just another sick political ploy so that President Obama can say that the dirty Republicans are refusing to do exactly what I want, so its their fault!
Ok, obviously Im paraphrasing, but its basically what hes saying. Its a temper tantrum, and unlike a two-year-old you can send to his room, this guy runs the country.
The Republicans have said over and over that theyre more than willing to negotiate. They got caught on a hot mic saying they want to negotiate. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid convinced the President to cancel a negotiation meeting with top GOP lawmakers before the shutdown.
When Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi refuse to bend even the slightest bit to the center, its annoying. When they blame the right for not being united with them because we dont all want to go stand in the failed utopia of leftist ideals, its maddening.
When they use political ploys like denying immediate death benefits to fallen soldiers families, its just sick.
President Obama, you have the power to fix this. Do it. Do it now, for Shannon Collins, a grieving mother that just lost her 19-year-old son.
"For the sacrifice our kids are making, at the age that theyre making them, I dont understand how this can be a benefit thats withheld. I wont ever understand it," she said. How can we do that to these young men and these young women, who come back having lost their lives? I just really hope that the government really figures this out.
Do you think the families should recieve the death gratuity despite the government shutdown?
Amen Amen and AMen
Makes me want to Break something
yes. Wait!! is that a sleeping giant that I hear awaken from afar. =)
“Bring our troops home and use them only when and where the US is directly threatened.”
And I’d like to not send anyone in harm’s way until we have a firm idea of (1) what victory looks and like, and (2) an exit strategy upon victory.
These open-ended conflicts just put our finest slowly through the meat grinder.
Don’t we ever learn?
As a VN vet, obviously we don't
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