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TODAY   |  October 08, 2013

Government shutdown hits home for military families

The families of five U.S. troops killed overseas this weekend will not receive the usual “death gratuity” due to the government shutdown. A typical $100,000 compensation is wired to families within 36 hours to help with funeral and other expenses.

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>> 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.