October 10, 2013
Charity Pays Death Gratuity for Slain Soldiers that Obama DOD Won't
As I pointed out a couple of days ago, Congress already authorized the payment of Death Gratutity to fallen soldiers during the partial shut down. But the Obama DOD chose to read the statue in the most restrictive way refusing to pay the $100 k Death Gratuity to the families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This follows a general pattern of the Administration trying to make the shut down hurt more than it has to as a matter of political policy: He wants you to suffer so you'll blame the Republicans.
But in this case we weren't talking about artificial barriers put up to keep you from seeing Mt. Rushmore -- childish and inconvenient -- we're talking about direct payments to families who just lost a loved one. Not hypothetical payments to soldiers' families, actual payments of men killed in combat last week.
But I just got word from the IAVA that the Fisher House Foundation has stepped up and offered to make payments to the families where the DOD has failed them. These people are heroes.