Government shutdown leaves fallen soldiers’ families with empty pockets

The U.S. Government shutdown has raised many questions for military families.  Along with the shutdown came the ‘Pay Our Military Act’, implemented on the first of the month, the act promises active military members on duty to still receive ‘pay and allowances’.

What the Act does not cover is the transportation of four American soldiers’ bodies back to the Dover, Delaware Air Force Base.  This, along with a $100,000 death gratuity to the soldiers’ families, is a fee that the Pentagon would normally cover, however with the shutdown still in affect, this is a fee that has been post-poned.

1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25 Photo Credit: WSJ, U.S. Army

1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25
Photo Credit: WSJ, U.S. Army

The families of the four soldiers’ have agreed to travel to the Dover base to meet their fallen loved ones, thanks to the Army Ranger Fund willing to pay expenses.  There has been no statement made on whether or not travel expenses will be covered for the families.  Once the government shutdown has ended, the death gratuities will be given to the families, and perhaps a reimbursement of the burial costs.

Dover Air Force Base Photo Credit: usatoday.com

Dover Air Force Base
Photo Credit: usatoday.com

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