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Do you think the families should receive the death gratuity despite the government shutdown?

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM
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Denying Immediate Death Benefits to Families of Fallen Soldiers is a Disgusting Political Ploy

by Jenny Erikson

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. It’s 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 shouldn’t have to worry about how they’re going to bury their child … Families shouldn’t have to worry about how they're going to feed their family if they don’t 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 Obama’s Let’s 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 it’s their fault!

Ok, obviously I’m paraphrasing, but it’s basically what he’s saying. It’s 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 they’re 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, it’s annoying. When they blame the right for not being united with them because we don’t all want to go stand in the failed utopia of leftist ideals, it’s maddening.

When they use political ploys like denying immediate death benefits to fallen soldiers’ families, it’s 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 they’re making them, I don’t understand how this can be a benefit that’s withheld. I won’t 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 receive the death gratuity despite the government shutdown?

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sarahjz
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Yes, they should receive the death gratuity despite the shutdown.

DSamuels
by Platinum Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Absolutely. There shouldn't even be a question about this.
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kcangel63
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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Yes they should. Our leader is an a$$hole.
Sat.Wed
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Yes they should when congress was quickly trying to get the bill for military to be paid someone overlooked this

JanuaryBaby06
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

I think this Government Shutdown should just be over. Isn't it like 18% of the Government closed? They keep passing bills to open things or give back pay.... what is the point?

Yes, these people should absolutely be recieving the death gratuity.

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM
Yes they should . The house has put together and passed several bills to continue funding certain programs , but the senate doesn't pass them.
PrimmednPunked
by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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Absolutely!  That is the least that we could do for our fallen soldiers and their families.  If anything take the money needed out of the Obama's paycheck and all of Congresses paycheck, they are not doing their jobs so they don't deserve that payment.

PrimmednPunked
by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

And the house has enough votes to pass a clean bill but Boehner won't allow it to go for a vote...so what is your point?

Quoting rocketracer:

Yes they should . The house has put together and passed several bills to continue funding certain programs , but the senate doesn't pass them.


cjsix
by Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

 These men and women and their families have given ALL for our country. They were promised their families would be taken care of if anything happened and now that promise is not being honored. Honoring our word is one of the most important things we can do. God bless Mr.Fisher who does so much for our military and their families through Fisher House and is stepping in to help make sure the families of our fallen heros are being taken care of right now.

susan115
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Yes, yes, yes, and YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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