Shutdown’s 9th Day, Troops Families Denied Benefits

troops_2013When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Dover Air Force Base Wednesday, he won’t just be honoring troops killed in Afghanistan. His presence will also send a message about the government shutdown.

Hagel will attend a ceremony for the return of soldiers’ remains — at a time the families of those service members are not receiving the standard benefits typically given to them.

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, those benefits, which include a $100,000 payment, are being withheld.

It’s the “worst nightmare” for military families, says Amy Neiberger-Miller of TAPS, a support network for families of the fallen.

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Source: CNN