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Families of fallen US troops to get death benefits amid shutdown
2013年10月9日 / 晚上7点16分 / 4 年前

Families of fallen US troops to get death benefits amid shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday families of troops who die during the government shutdown will receive a death benefit payment, despite legal restrictions on the Pentagon, thanks to a deal reached with a private charity.

Hagel made the announcement in a statement after attending a ceremony honoring the return to the United States of the bodies of four soldiers killed by insurgents in Afghanistan on Sunday. The Pentagon was unable to pay the $100,000 "death gratuity" to those families during the shutdown.

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