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Government shutdown 2013: Military death benefits withheld for grieving families
WJLA-TV ^ | October 8, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 10/08/2013 11:05:23 AM PDT by abb

(WJLA) - The government shutdown is causing branches of the United States military to withhold death benefits for the survivors of members of the military killed in action.

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Defense officials said Monday that among many critical programs and benefits for military members being stifled due to the shutdown, family members of several troops killed in action are not able to access the gratuities guaranteed to them.

These benefits, according to the Associated Press and USA Today, include a $100,000 cash payment due within three days of a service member's death, travel costs to and from Dover Air Force Base to meet a loved one's remains, costs to cover memorial services, caskets and burial expenses and other costs.

USA Today reports that the inability to disburse these benefits have already impacted the families of five service members - four Army troops and a Marine - who were killed in Afghanistan since the government shutdown began Oct. 1.


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To: manc
"GOP get out there and point this out, make AD’s, show some frigging emotion on camera and demand this crap to stop from bozo and mention his name as well as Democrat,."

This is what's driving me crazy. Republicans will get blamed for this, too.....because every Democrat with the breath to speak is out there saying it's our fault, while the Repubs are SILENT. Why can't the fools fight back?

51 posted on 10/08/2013 4:41:16 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon

Hi Catherine,
It drives me nuts too because every time Bush spoke within 5 minutes Pelosi stood in front of the cameras and denounced what Bush had said and yet when bozo speaks the media carries his lies and the GOP stay silent.


52 posted on 10/08/2013 5:08:39 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: GOPJ

A Tactic these pukes are well schooled in obviously.

I’d like to believe that the threatening nature of these acts are the Main Course..rather than the “unappaetizers”


53 posted on 10/08/2013 5:25:13 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: manc

We need pit bulls, but all we have are poodles with bows in their hair.

Hope you’re doing well, manc


54 posted on 10/08/2013 5:43:42 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon
PREFECT !©

55 posted on 10/08/2013 5:45:04 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

doing well as is family , hope you and family are well.

Yea we need pit bulls and every time we get a Palin or a Cruz the poodles come nipping in packs to tear them down.


56 posted on 10/08/2013 5:50:49 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: CatherineofAragon; onyx; manc

We have at least two candidates here in LA05 who are not afraid to speak up. See my news story at post no 34.


57 posted on 10/08/2013 5:51:27 PM PDT by abb
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To: abb

That’s good to see, abb...thank you. And both from the South. ;)


58 posted on 10/08/2013 5:59:58 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: onyx

LOL!


59 posted on 10/08/2013 6:00:57 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: abb

This is a National Disgrace. Chuck Hagel is finding out what happens to your reputation when you align yourself with this Administration and President.


60 posted on 10/08/2013 6:38:30 PM PDT by kempster
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I am totally going bonkers over this!!! Meghan Kelly just covered this on FNC. The panel on her show was also totally outraged. Without my usual rants and raves....POTUS Obama should be impeached immediately, and Secretary of Defense, deadbeat, Chuck Hagel should be fired tomorrow morning!!!!

Americans....this is insane. Obama hates this country to his very core. I have no use whatsoever for any person....I do not care who they are, that supports or protects this traitor, this America Hater, Obama or any of his Democrat, low life, cohorts!!!

I pray to God that the “Truckers”, “Bikers” demonstration to tie up Washington, DC, this Friday is a mega success. Ladies & Gentlemen...Americans, all...forget about signing the Lee/Cruz petition to “Defund Obamacare”. Begin a dead serious campaign to Impeach Obama and throw all Democrats and RINOs out of office for good!!! America....wake up!!! Obama is spitting on our military and their families. May he burn in hell for eternity for his evil, Satan ways of hate & hurt!!! Forgive me Lord....but..this man Obama is evil in the highest order!!!


61 posted on 10/08/2013 7:20:38 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Refer to Obama as the “Communist in Chief”. More accurate.


62 posted on 10/08/2013 7:27:26 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
Amen to your passionate and true post.

You have been steadfast in your support of the "Defund ObamaCare" petition. I commend you for the effort you've put forth on that. For you to say "forget that, and let's move to Impeaching 0 and ousting all of the traitors to America" is a profound statement, FRiend.

Again, I say Amen!

63 posted on 10/08/2013 7:27:42 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: abb

Remember all the great things Obama said that he would do for our troops? Neither does he nor the media.

Hope someone can put together a list of these quotes and then circulate them around the U.S.

Obama is the ENEMY of America and it is time that the American people did something about it.

The next time you see a Democrat national politician, let him hear how you feel.


64 posted on 10/08/2013 7:29:45 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: abb

Purely a political move.


65 posted on 10/08/2013 7:40:45 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Of course the media will cover it, they’ll blame Republicans.


66 posted on 10/08/2013 7:41:20 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: abb

This will thrill the American people as a good way to save money, I would imagine.


67 posted on 10/08/2013 7:50:46 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

“...The next time you see a Democrat national politician, let him hear how you feel.....”
Heck, it doesn’t have to be a national one. Hammer the local ones and hammer em hard!!!!


68 posted on 10/08/2013 7:50:54 PM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: abb

What about Mayo: won’t he have most of the Obama vote brehind him and enough to make a runoff, probably with Riser, the choice of Boehner and Cantor?


69 posted on 10/08/2013 7:52:54 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: wastedyears

Im stunned whenever I talk to an obvious LIV!

tea party...this.... tea party..... that.

they dont think once let alone twice about ANYTHING but the pablum they’re fed.

I’d suggest dropping the NAME.....as though that would accomplish anything worthwhile..

Nominally intelligent ZOMBIES will believe anything theyre told I guess


70 posted on 10/08/2013 7:54:37 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: kempster

Chuck Hagel is another in a long line of NE political failures. They haven’t had anybody good since Carl T. Curtis and Roman L. Hruska, and few even remember those long deceased gentlemen.


71 posted on 10/08/2013 8:08:42 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: Lazamataz

The military will follow orders.


72 posted on 10/08/2013 9:12:44 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Of course not, because he knew the questions beforehand, and didn’t take any from Fox.


73 posted on 10/08/2013 9:17:47 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: Rapscallion
just who's side is the US government on anyway !

certainly not mine !

it does not abide by the constitution

it violates, obfuscates, and endruns every Amendment

it does nothing to protect me, but sure spends a lot of soldiers lives on seemingly petty wars

it doesnt ever bail me out

not that Id want it to, but it sure bails out my enemies like the bankers

it doesnt leave me alone to be productive and prosper

it doesnt help our allies around the world

it seems more like an enemy within

a foreign parasite

74 posted on 10/08/2013 9:56:17 PM PDT by KTM rider
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To: abb

Meghan Kelley interviewed Duncan Hunter and Oliver North tonight. Both were very angry over this. North said Obama doesn’t give a damn about them.

The Obama clowns did this even after being specifically asked if this would be covered under the Military bill that passed the house and the senate and Obastard signed.

I can’t remember who said it but they said Hagel had found a loop hole in the bill and was using it to deny the benefits.


75 posted on 10/08/2013 10:11:41 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: abb

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/10/memo-to-gop-if-obama-wont-compromise-dont-raise-the-debt-ceiling.php


76 posted on 10/08/2013 10:12:33 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: CatherineofAragon

I some some adds on TV tonight from the “Senate Conservatives Fund” I didn’t watch TV yesterday so not sure when they started airing them.


77 posted on 10/08/2013 10:14:07 PM PDT by 1035rep
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Geez, I saw some ads running this evening.


78 posted on 10/08/2013 11:48:45 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Theodore R.

When Monroe Mayor Mayo first announced, it was assumed he would likely be in the runoff because he was well known and because of the demographics of the district.

However, his major money donors (bankers and engineering companies who do business with the City of Monroe) have not backed him, and thereby Mayo has been unable to do any significant advertising.

The thinking now is the black vote will be significantly fractured between him and State Rep. Marcus Hunter, to the extent that neither will be in the runoff.

All this is based on “street talk,” as I have seen no recent polls.


79 posted on 10/09/2013 2:03:36 AM PDT by abb
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Originally, that phrase was:

“Until morale improves, the beatings will continue.”

I realize it more or less says the same thing, but the original is better, IMO.


80 posted on 10/09/2013 3:26:18 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: KTM rider

For anyone who was curious what side the military would align themselves with should the time come.....well, this answers that question.


81 posted on 10/09/2013 3:49:26 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: abb

This was deliberate and intentional and calculated as well as the shut down of the VA while there are thousands of civilian workers whose work would not be missed at all.


82 posted on 10/09/2013 4:15:19 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: abb
Just want to note that this should be referred to as a government beatdown rather than shutdown.
83 posted on 10/09/2013 5:11:03 AM PDT by Mr. Dough (Who was the greater military man, General Tso or Col. Sanders?)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Oh MY! This coverage could be very positive...or ..very otherwise


The state controlled media is laying everything on the GOP. And the majority are buying it. I’m having doubts the GOP will even be able to keep the House. And if they lose the House,,,then watch the fun begin.


84 posted on 10/09/2013 6:15:00 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
With Obama getting a 37 percent positive rating,,,,,I doubt the left's going to be coming out in top!

The Republicans are standing firm....while Obamas position has plenty of growth opportunity...... as he insults the intelligence of even more Americans... every few minutes.


85 posted on 10/09/2013 6:31:01 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: 1035rep

Thankfully, Fisher House is stepping up to help.


86 posted on 10/09/2013 6:53:25 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: abb; All

“Generally, dereliction of duty refers to failure through negligence or obstinacy to perform one’s legal or moral duty to a reasonable expectation. In other words, it means willful or negligent failure to perform assigned duties or performing them in a culpably inefficient manner. Dereliction of duty is a specific offense in military law. “ (Quote from USLegal.com).

Dereliction of duty is an Impeachable Offense, as stipulated in the US Constitution. Dereliction of duty is also a US Military offense subject to a Courts Martial.

Will our sorry Congressional RINOs do their usual kid gloves, “boys will be boys” approach to Obama’s numerous violations of the US Constitution, or will they FINALLY draw up The Articles of Impeachment for B. Hussein Obama?


87 posted on 10/09/2013 7:23:37 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: abb

Why is everyone shocked about this? This was specifically mentioned as a consequence of the shutdown in the weeks leading to the shutdown.

I don’t know whether people are feigning ignorance or outrage.


88 posted on 10/09/2013 4:21:18 PM PDT by frickin_frackin
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To: abb

BHO hates the military. No surprise here, moving along.


89 posted on 10/09/2013 7:40:52 PM PDT by opres
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To: GOPJ

90 posted on 10/09/2013 8:14:55 PM PDT by Route395
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To: abb; All

The Pay Our Military Act was signed into Federal Law by Obama on 9-30-2013.

Obama KNEW that death benefits were covered when he signed the bill into Law on 9-30-2013 !

This documents that Commander in Chief Obama CHOSE to punish, after death,” those who had given their last full measure of devotion” by dictating that Funeral Expenses be denied to HIS dead Warriors.

Obama has thus shown himself to be a ghoulish tyrant who is more than willing to inflict maximum pain “on his own people,” to borrow an expression that Obama used recently against his fellow tyrant in Syria.

Please post on this thread the hotlinks to any news articles on the 26 slain Warriors that Obama has refused to pay funeral expenses for, prior to Obama’s yesterday’s CYA “legal” action.

Obama must be held accountable for this ghoulish Dereliction of Duty as the Commander in Chief.


91 posted on 10/10/2013 7:08:36 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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