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Military Families Denied Benefits During Shutdown

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Grieving military families are paying a cruel price for the government shutdown.

Senators are expressing outrage that families of fallen U.S. military personnel are being denied death benefits while Democrats and Republicans grope for a way to end the partial government shutdown.

The Pentagon typically pays out $100,000 within three days of a soldier's death. But it says the shutdown means there is no authority now to pay the money.

The Wall Street Journal reported family members of four Americans killed in Afghanistan over the weekend won't be flown to Dover Air force base to view the return of their soldiers' bodies. Their benefit payments will likely be delayed as well.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the lack of compensation for the families of four soldiers killed in Afghanistan this weekend is "appalling."

Sen. John McCain says it explains why Congress has historically low approval ratings. McCain asks, "Shouldn't we be ashamed?"

And fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says his message to the families is, quote, "Your government has let you down in a time of your need."

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