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October 11, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Just in from Defense Department press secretary George Little:

Today, senior DoD leaders consulted with the leadership of the Fisher House Foundation on moving forward with providing death benefits to the families of fallen service members.

Now that Congress has enacted legislation permitting DoD to provide families these benefits directly during the government shutdown, DoD is moving expeditiously to pay each family the $100,000 death gratuity they are owed. These payments were initiated today and the families will receive them early next week, when their banks reopen for business. In addition, Fisher House Foundation will donate $25,000 to each of these families from its own funds.

Secretary Hagel greatly appreciates the generosity of the Fisher House Foundation, as well as other groups which have stepped forward to help these families in their time of need. With Congress no longer preventing DoD from making these payments to the families directly, he is pleased that DoD will be able to fulfill its responsibilities to the families of the fallen. The Secretary remains deeply concerned about the disruptive impact the ongoing shutdown is having on Departmental operations, and continues to urge Congress to restore funding to the entire federal government.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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First, THANK YOU FISCHER HOUSE!! Great job and we appreciate all of your efforts on behalf of our troops.
Second, Hagel, you are flat out lying. Not a single member of Congress thought the Pay the Military Act prohibited you from paying the death gratuity. That idea was hatched by the WH, DoJ, and DoD lawyers as part of Commander Zero's continuing efforts to hurt the military as much as possible for purely political purposes. He, Zero that is, believes that the more "pain" he can inflict on the American people and blame on Congress, i.e., the GOP, the better chance he and the Dems have of regaining the House in 2014. That's the game plan and he is sticking to it while sticking the American people.
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Yeah, it's Congress' fault that these bureaucrats have no common sense and cannot read a law properly. These petty people can never admit to fault, unless forced. Even then, they have to blame the Repubs, too. Why can't they just admit they screwed? Why can they not simply say they're sorry? Because they are too small to say they're sorry.
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If there is any one time that the overused term, "Orwellian" is literally appropriate, it is right now on this tragic subject this obscene administration's non-payment of these Death Benefits for the Fallen, followed by the administration's public statements on the subject.

Obama should hang; it's absolutely sickening what he's caused, and continues to cause.

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