TODAY | October 08, 2013
>> the government shutdown is hitting home for some u.s. families that already paid a huge price. as andrea mitchell reported earlier, the families of five u.s. troops killed over the weekend in afghanistan have been told they won't get death penalties to help with funeral or flights to meet their loved ones coffins because of the shutdown. a death gratuity is wired to families within 36 hours of a military death to help with funeral and other expenses. the pentagon is assessing whether a law last week to pay the military during the shutdown may apply in this case.