October 9th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
12 months ago

First on CNN: Pentagon to ensure death benefits

Washington (CNN) – The Pentagon will announce Wednesday it is entering into a contract with the Fisher House to ensure families of the fallen are paid the death benefits they are due but have not received because of the government shutdown, a senior Defense Department official told CNN.

The Fisher House, a group that offers assistance to families of troops in need, has agreed to cover the expenses for all families of the fallen and the government will reimburse the organization once the shutdown is over, the official said.

This is the "fix" the White House said earlier Wednesday it was searching for, the official said. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon told CNN's Dana Bash that he had heard the Pentagon might be entering into such a relationship with the Fisher House in order to fix the death benefits problem.

The government is not allowed under law to solicit funds privately; it had to await someone coming forward with an offer, the Defense Department official said. He added that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had told the White House about the death benefit problem when it became apparent the shutdown would happen.

"We had no legal way to pay death gratuities. The Department had been searching for every possible avenue, the official said.

Earlier Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to fund payments of death benefits to survivors of fallen military personnel.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • Military • Pentagon
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP teaparty always jumps out of the plane without thinking and without a parachute. The GOP is to incompetent to be in charge of the house and won't be after nov 2014 !!!!!

    October 9, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Michael Benjamin

    Great news. However, it is rather shameful the United States Government has to resort to these tactics to carry out its responsibilities.

    October 9, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. freedom

    There NEVER should have been a delay on this. There didn't need to be. This president's priorities exposed once again.

    October 9, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. rs

    Once again we see a complete lack of planning on the part of the GOP- but hey, they're too busy trying to prove no one needs government to watch out for reality.

    October 9, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. wendel

    thank you wish the congress could get together and vote on the government shut down apparently we have the votes if the orange man would let them vote. But I guess we need to stroke the tea baggers awhile longer. Funny how they keep hollering about patriotism but under mind it and the American people every chance they get. I guess if you have billionair funding you don't really give a rats a** about the general public. As long as you are keeping your knuckle dragging voters at home happy.

    October 9, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Thomas

    @Michael Benjamin
    Great news. However, it is rather shameful the United States Government has to resort to these tactics to carry out its responsibilities.

    =====

    It's sad that Ted Cruz didn't think about that !

    Green Eggs an Ham takes on a deeper meaning .

    October 9, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Keep up the good work ye ole Gunderson...... I'm ROFLMAO!

    October 9, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Ted Cruz / Jim DeMint 2016
    We need to destroy America to save it !
    Freedom works and the Heritage Foundation

    October 9, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. ED1

    Sound like anybody you know no surprise here.

    The Quote of the Decade:

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    October 9, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. rs

    freedom

    There NEVER should have been a delay on this. There didn't need to be. This president's priorities exposed once again.
    _____________________
    Facts, man, stick to facts!

    October 9, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    To all you GOP teabafoons, obamacare has a higher approval rating then your national disgrace GOP controlled house, can't wait to vote AGAINEST you in 2014. Some of you might win but you will be in the MINORITY!!!!!!

    October 9, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ rs
    Why should reality be taken into account when you're allowing the cray-crays in your party to call the shots?

    October 9, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Marcus (from...?)

    'freedom – There NEVER should have been a delay on this. There didn't need to be. This president's priorities exposed once again.'
    What branch of the govt. is actually responsible for the bills that FUND the govt. again?
    And please, don't forget, UNLIKE GOP governors who took money from the govt. (screaming to all that they would never do it) and used it to balance their budget... the govt can only use the money in the way the bills says that it has to be used. So the whole ball is on who is responsible for those bills...

    October 9, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy- Saying personnel in the military are likely to be on WIC is an insult. Class now in session.
    ------------------------------
    Well, then you'd better stop insulting the military. No one said anything of the sort, but YOU. I tried to explain it to you that you had misinterpreted what was written, and now you've doubled down on it. This school is closed.

    October 9, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Winston Smith

    They ensured the death. This has got to be one of the most humiliating moments in our recent history. Brought to you by people that wouldn't put on the uniform, if the Russians were in Virginia.

    October 9, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Donna is screaming at Just Sayin over SS benefit check, whole trailer park can here them.
    -------------------------------------------------
    I'm dying here! Stop it!
    Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

    October 9, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @rs
    Upon re-reading my post to you I hope you realize that was a rhetorical question from someone who knows that you are not a right-winger.

    October 9, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |