Charity to pay military death benefits during shutdown

Army members carry the remains of U.S. Army Spc. Ember M. Alt at Dover Air Force Base in June in Dover, Delaware. During the shutdown, a charity will pay for benefits to fallen soldiers' families. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Charity to pay military death benefits during shutdown

Lapses in care for veterans and the families of fallen service members ignited new fury over the government shutdown across Washington on Wednesday, and two Cabinet secretaries, both Army combat veterans, did not disguise their disgust with Congress.Moving to defuse one of the more controversial cutbacks brought on by the shutdown, the Pentagon announced a plan Wednesday for a private charity, the Fisher House Foundation, to pay death benefits for fallen troops.Before the announcement, the families of six service members …

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