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

(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.

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)
Army Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., was killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/US Army)
Army Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins of Carlisle, Pa., was killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/US Army)
Army Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., was killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/US Army)
An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, Oct. 9, 2013 at Dover Air Force Base, Del.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Army Secretary John McHugh, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno watch the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson get carried off a plane at Dover Air Force Base.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel watches an Army carry team move a transfer case of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at Dover Air Force Base, Del.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
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