Government Shutdown Puts A Hold On Death Benefits For Fallen Soldiers Families

According to NBC, the Government shut down has placed a hold on death benefits to families of our Fallen Warriors. Usually within 36hrs of a Military members death, the family is sent $100,000 to help with immediate expenses, this includes the cost of going to Dover to witness the return of their loved ones in flag-draped coffins.

Five US Service members were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, and according to NBC, they were notified that the benefits could not be paid at this time.

The coffin of Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah M. Collins Jr. is brought home from Afghanistan. (Courtesy: AP)

The coffin of Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah M. Collins Jr. is brought home from Afghanistan. (Courtesy: AP)

Marine Jeremiah M. Collins Jr. was KIA in Afghanistan this past weekend along with four other service members, pictured above is Jeremiah being brought home.

These Soldiers and Marines died fighting for us, and we are going to deny their families this benefit? If any of these families need help getting to Dover, or with anything else, please contact us. We will do what we can to help them, and to let them know that the sacrifice’s they have made are not in vain!!

This is a slap in the face to not only these Warriors, but also to the families. I will gladly give my paycheck to these families if that is what it takes!

The video below is from NBC Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, she says the families got a phone call saying that the Government could not pay the benefit. I am just disgusted!

 

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Again, If anyone knows the families and knows if they need help, please contact us and we will do everything possible to help them through this.

 

UPDATE: 20131009

The Fisher House has stepped forward to help these families monetarily to get to Dover and with immediate funeral expenses. They have asked the Government to reimburse them as soon as they get the budget mess sorted out.

Well we got tons of emails from fans that wanted to give to the families, so in coordination with several other Facebook pages, we have decided to give back to the Fisher House. We have started a campaign on GoFundme in Honor of the Fallen, the Gold Star Families and the Fisher House. 100% of the donations given, minus the fees GoFundme charges, will be sent to the Fisher House in the name of all the Veterans, Military and Civilians who donate, in our show of appreciation for what they did.

Here is the link to the donation page: Fisher House Donation In Honor Of The Fallen

 

 

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