Obama, House Order Fix for Fallen Troops' Families
Shutdown blocked $100K death benefit; remedy in the works
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2013 5:15 AM CDT
Updated Oct 9, 2013 1:52 PM CDT
Army 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif., was killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/US Department of Defense)

(Newser) – It looks like one unfortunate side effect of the showdown will be quickly fixed: The House voted unanimously today to restore the $100,000 death benefit paid to soldiers' families, reports the Hill. The Senate may not need to follow suit, however, because the White House has ordered an administrative solution, reports CNN. Under a deal with the Pentagon, the private Fisher House foundation will provide the benefit to families, then get reimbursed by the Defense Department once the shutdown ends.

The lapse emerged when the families of five troops who were killed in Afghanistan over the weekend learned they wouldn't be receiving the death benefit because of the shutdown. "My husband died for his country, and now his family is left to worry," the widow of Joseph Peters, one of the soldiers killed by an IED on Sunday, told NBC News earlier.

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NSA-CIApuppet
Oct 10, 2013 1:42 PM CDT
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cornelison
Oct 10, 2013 12:28 AM CDT
Koch brothers funded tea party. Tea party won't budge on debt ceiling. Koch brothers can't reason with tea party. Lesson: If you get in bed with tea party, expect fleas.
YouLikeDont
Oct 9, 2013 11:27 PM CDT
Next time a teabagger or Republican tells you they love the military, tell them they're god damn liars.