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Why wait? Advocates push fix for threat to military death payouts
6/6/2018

MILITARY TIMES --- The government isn't headed for another shutdown this summer, but advocates want action now to make sure military families aren't hurt the next time a budget impasse arises. In advance of work later this week on the fiscal 2019 defense appropriations bill, supporters are again pushing a measure to ensure death gratuity payouts are sent to the families of fallen troops even during a government shutdown. The issue briefly drew headlines during the three-day shutdown earlier this year, when the families of two U.S. soldiers killed in a helicopter crash had to wait several days for the emergency funding to arrive because Pentagon officials weren't allowed to process them while lawmakers squabbled over re-opening federal operations.

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Why wait? Advocates push fix for threat to military death payouts