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Govt. Shutdown Preventing Military Families from Death Benefits

Families are not receiving $100,000 in death gratuity that is usually provided when troops are killed in combat as well as burial benefits to pay for funeral and internment costs.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Because of the government shutdown, military families are not receiving benefits following the death of their loved ones.

The Department of Defense is not allowed to pay any travel costs right now, but the Pentagon also pays families $100,000 in death gratuity when troops are killed in combat and provides burial benefits to pay for funeral and internment costs.

With the government shutdown however, those benefits are absent.

Congress is drafting legislation to restore those benefits, with a bill that could be on the floor as early as Tuesday night, but lawmakers say it's more likely to happen Wednesday.
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