Charity steps in to pay military survivor benefits during shutdown as House votes to reinstate, again

posted at 9:21 pm on October 9, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It remains unclear why the payment to families of those who die on active duty is not authorized under the one funding bill Congress did pass. The Pay Our Military Act was designed to make sure the military is paid during shutdown, and House Republicans are now accusing the Pentagon of playing politics with this sacred obligation. But now it’s clear families will continue to get payment, from private charity the Fisher House Foundation, which specializes in serving the families of the injured.

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department will lean on a private charity to deliver survivor benefit payouts to the families of fallen servicemembers while the government shutdown drags on, Pentagon officials announced Wednesday.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the military had entered an agreement with the Fisher House Foundation to provide grieving families “the full set of benefits they have been promised, including a $100,000 death gratuity payment.”

Charity officials will advance the money as quickly as possible after a death, and defense officials will repay the charity after the government shutdown ends or when new legislation fixing the problem is passed.

The House passed a new piece of legislation unanimously today to solve this problem, but they also insist it was already taken care of in the Pay Our Military Act— the only one of a slew of individual spending bills that passed both houses of Congress. Representatives, who believed this act had taken care of all military benefits— Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Buck McKeon said it was “our clear intent”— felt sandbagged when the Pentagon’s refusal of death benefits emerged in the media.

On Friday, in response to the rumors, Congressman Joe Wilson sent this letter to Sec Hagel asking whether there was a problem with paying the death gratuity or other benefits, and whether this or any other benefits required specific authorizations from Congress.

There was never a response from Obama Administration or DoD to the Congressional inquiry.

“Tuesday morning, we learn on NBC’s Today Show –not from DoD– that there are four KIAs coming home, and their families will not receive the death gratuity,” the aide said. “The only warning we had was from George Little on Twitter.

He’s referring to this tweet: ”Congress needs to act to end ‪#shutdown. Awful that we do not currently have authority to pay death gratuities for families of fallen heroes.”

The Wilson letter to Hagel specifically asked about the death gratuity, as well as benefits for covering burial costs.

“What legal justifications are Pentagon lawyers using to say they did not have authorization to pay the death gratuity?” this aide asks. “ What other benefits will DoD retroactively decide they cannot pay? Will we have to vote for every benefit, despite the broad authorization that we gave them in the Pay Our Military Act?”

Wilson is still after the Pentagon for details on why this payment was deemed unauthorized and whether they’ll decide any others are:

“The Department of Defense’s refusal to pay the death gratuity or burial benefit is inexcusable,” said Chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.).

“The grieving families of our service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country deserve these benefits,” he said in a statement. “It was Congress’ intent when we passed the ‘Pay Our Military Act’ that these benefits be provided without question to our military families.”

Wilson said the failure to make the payments “confirms that the administration is trying to inflict as much pain as possible on our nation’s most vulnerable people during the government shutdown.”…

The Pentagon is conducting a legal review of the legislation and Wilson said he is concerned “further delays may interrupt essential pays and allowances.”

“We cannot in good conscience deny these benefits to the survivors of deceased members,” Wilson stated.

Included with the letter is a list of pay and allowances for the military that includes the death gratuity.

“I request that you provide me a summary of which of the pays and allowances on that list that will not be paid and the rationale for non-payment,” Wilson said. “If there are other pays and allowances not on the attached list, I ask that you identify them in your response with an explanation of whether they will be paid or not.”

David French offers a legal analysis and determines that, surprise, the Dept. of Defense is interpreting the law as uncharitably as it suits them to serve the shutdown narrative:

Thus, through a rather simple, good-faith drafting error, Congress gave the secretary of defense room to maneuver on the delivery of benefits to military families, and the Department of Defense’s civilian masters have made an incredible choice, one that no line unit in the military would ever make if it had control over funding for its own soldiers and their families: to exclude death benefits from the “pay and allowances” appropriated by Congress. There are two simple fixes. The simplest is for the Department of Defense to interpret the statute consistent with Congress’s intent and fund military benefits. The second is to pass a new statute correcting any ambiguity in the Pay Our Military Act. If the DOD doesn’t act, the House will, and surely the Senate will follow. Or will you, Senator Reid?

Finally, regarding the news that contracted Catholic priests are barred from ministering to soldiers during the shutdown? Well, that’s also the secretary of defense’s call. The Pay Our Military Act did clearly provide appropriations for “contractors of the Department of Defense” whom the “Secretary concerned determines are providing support to members of the Armed Forces.” In other words, appropriations exist for these chaplains, but they’re not even permitted to volunteer. Inexcusable.

Reid’s move. He’ll have to act because it’s the right thing to do because he certainly won’t get called on it if he doesn’t.

The Fisher House Foundation is a great charity that provides invaluable housing and care for families of injured near military hospitals while their loved ones are in treatment. I’ve visited families at the Fisher House at Walter Reed, and it’s hard to overstate how important it is for families to be near their loved ones without worrying about costs. Or, how powerful it is for recovering warriors to have their wives, husbands, parents, and children with them as they travel the long road back to normalcy.

According to its website, the organization has served more than 180,000 current and former military families since its inception — including about 19,000 last year.

Hospitals or military commanders decide who stay at the 62 Fisher Houses, which typically contain eight to 21 suites and can house 16 to 42 people at a time. Tenants remain for 10 days on average, though those injured in combat might stay for months.

Wherever they’re staying, for however long, the cost is the same: $0. The organization pays for all of it, estimating it has saved families (and the military) more than $200 million in lodging and transportation costs in the process.

Help them, here.


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God Bless them for stepping in…

OmahaConservative on October 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Opie Carney was a real jerk about this at the Spite House today…this is a national disgrace.

d1carter on October 9, 2013 at 9:27 PM

House specifically passed this appropriation before shutdown. Obama did what he does best, to the people he hates the most. Screw the military. Destroy patriots.

pat on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Saw this guy earlier on FNC. What a great American.

predator on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

House Republicans are now accusing the Pentagon of playing politics with this sacred obligation.

That’s why Hagel was put there – to further politicize the Pentagon. He wasn’t put there because of his IQ.

VorDaj on October 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Every day this administration reaches a new low.

gophergirl on October 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

In the real world, heads would roll over this…but not in Obama’s world.

d1carter on October 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

David French offers a legal analysis and determines that, surprise, the Dept. of Defense is interpreting the law as uncharitably as it suits them to serve the shutdown narrative:

 
You know what would be a good idea?
 
Letting these people control medical care at the individual level.

rogerb on October 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Hagel is a disgrace.

rob verdi on October 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Thiscould be a good thing to show people that charities are still important to give to.

The Nerve on October 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Yea,, keep pissing on vets, barky.

Clear. Drawn. Lines.

Good on charity picking it up, but they shouldn’t have to. Ever.

Honor. Barky has none.

wolly4321 on October 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

David French offers a legal analysis and determines that, surprise, the Dept. of Defense is interpreting the law as uncharitably as it suits them to serve the shutdown narrative:

You know what would be a good idea?

Letting these people control medical care at the individual level.

rogerb on October 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

indeed

rob verdi on October 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

This is why benefit society >>>>>>> big, pathetic government.

smiley on October 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

It remains unclear why the payment to families of those who die on active duty is not authorized under the one funding bill Congress did pass.

Really? C’mon.

SouthernGent on October 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Military,,see’s.. perhaps…

Lamp post on one side of the street,, squirrel on the other.

wolly4321 on October 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Blue Ridge inn blockaded by Park Police reopens today

The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina created a publicity crap storm for the Spite House when operators were forced to close during the government shutdown. The inn sits on federal land and despite the owner’s attempt to defy orders from the Park Police, he was forced to close his doors and throw away spoiled food during the height of fall foliage season. Today, the inn will reopen at 5 p.m. and all October reservations will be honored.

… …

It goes to show you, if we don’t cave on the shutdown and defunding Obamacare, like river water flowing around obstructions, govt will find a way to get open.

anotherJoe on October 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Chuck Hagel should resign, ASAP. Obama should apologize to the service members families, personally, and to the country for playing politics with dead soldiers and their families. Democrats should insist on this being done and Republicans should stay quiet.

There is no limit to the shame that should be felt by all those involved. Lawyers chose to interpret this law to read they should flip the middle finger to veterans who died in the service of their country and their families? They should be fired and fired as soon as possible, with their firings being public enough so their names are posted.

I’m sick of the Democrats and their community organizer President trying to divide this country and playing politics with veterans, foreign tourists, and others in an attempt to make a political point. The only one, in this whole mess who should be more ashamed is the above lawyer and, personally, I doubt the lawyer is totally responsible, he probably had guidance from above.

Finally, Chuck Hagel was an enlisted man in Vietnam, did he really condone this? I would love to know what he knew and when he knew it because, IMHO, if he knew before this week, he really should be fired because resigning isn’t good enough.

bflat879 on October 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Disgusting! Hagel is proving that he is a moron, a ghoul, and a complete toadie for the Jarrett administration. I was going to ask which of the three suited him best, but why be so restrictive? There’s no reason he can’t “be all that he can be” and fill all three slots.

A privately funded charity should not have to step into this, and this display of their (i.e. Fisher House’s) compassion in no way lessens the stink that Hagel and his masters have brought on the DOD with this obviously intentional and vile action.

Hey, maybe they can bring some Park Rangers down to Dover AFB to lock the families in their hotels, and keep them away from the coffins…

bofh on October 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

What is needed here is “a few good men”- and women- to stand up and demand what is required.

That is, that those responsible, who are in uniform, face an Article 16 proceeding for dereliction of duty.

Followed by a civil/criminal indictment of Hagel for the equivalent non-UCMJ offense; “failure to properly discharge the responsibilities of the office” is the correct formulation, I believe.

I believe the only thing which will bring this lot even halfway to their senses is jail time.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

The military was ordered today not to attend any off base function in uniform, that includes reading books to kids at schools, or speaking at a Veterans day event etc. Looks like they don’t want to give the impression the military is working.

Sven on October 9, 2013 at 9:42 PM

OO NSA got some dirt on the higher ups in the Pentagon… they had to play politics and carry some water for the Dems…. only way to get more “blame the republicans” air time.

watertown on October 9, 2013 at 9:48 PM

God Bless these folks.

This presidency is lost.

Key West Reader on October 9, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I helped build the fisher house at Eglin and will continue to give annonomously to them.

Grunt on October 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Not necessarily OT – Just finished this photoshop thinking about this debacle and Obama’s attitude towards our soldiers, the Tea Party, white people and America in general – Caption suggestions to make it go viral?

Harbingeing on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Sons, brothers, husbands, fathers.

Volunteers. Patriots.

What’s next? 10 1/2 gun salutes and buried 3 ft deep?

wolly4321 on October 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

House Republicans need to put everything else on hold, and drag Hagel in there to testify UNDER OATH. Ask him directly: “How did you let this happen on your watch?” Let’s see if the man has a shred of honor left in him.

IRS, even Benghazi can wait – they’ve been percolating for months anyway, and a few days delay won’t matter.

This one really should be the Big One – how does America see itself? If this doesn’t resonate loud and clear, then we really are already dead and gone as a country.

bofh on October 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Every military officer who supported this debacle should be sent to Afghanistan to walk point on foot patrols.

Bishop on October 9, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Hagel is a disgrace.

rob verdi on October 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

As big an embarrassment as Judas Benedict Nelson to Nebraskans…

OmahaConservative on October 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Not necessarily OT – Just finished this photoshop thinking about this debacle and Obama’s attitude towards our soldiers, the Tea Party, white people and America in general – Caption suggestions to make it go viral?

Harbingeing on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

How about an orange cone on his head, like a dunce cap?
Yes We Cone !!

burrata on October 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Resonates loud and clear with me.

wolly4321 on October 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

As harmful and hurtful as all of this has been, I take a not so small pleasure in watching these fools jump shark after shark after shark.
Keep screwing the pooch, choomie !
There may be a fundamental change going on,within the beltway, but what he hasn’t yet discovered is that you’ll never fundamentally change MILIONS and MILLIONS of patriots !!

God bless us all.

pambi on October 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Perhaps if the house Republicans didnt insist on shutting down government,this horrible event wouldn’t have happened. Then again this is the wrong blog to pose that question.

loveofcountry on October 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

If I was in battle, the one thing that would give me strenght is knowing my family would be taken care of should something happen.

It’s sacred. Creed.

wolly4321 on October 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

If one believes that government shouldn’t be funding things that private charity and philanthropy are willing to step in and finance instead, shouldn’t this benefit be one of the first things on the chopping block when the next budget is passed, as its already been demonstrated as redundant and duplicative with private efforts?

Its a very nice and noble cause, but if one is serious about smaller government, a lot of things that are very nice and noble but more naturally the province of private charitable work will have to go back there.

tagryn on October 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Hateofcountry- how about fvck you?

wolly4321 on October 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

loveofcountry on October 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

i’m thinkin your name is way off.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on October 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

The Fisher family (with its Fisher Foundation) are the kind of people whose names you see on the Declaration of Independence, and certainly would have been back then had they been their to sign it. They are modern-day patriots who put their money where their patriotism is. Their continued unselfish and unmatched funding for our wounded and fallen warriors, and their families, is overwhelming.

Salute to the Fishers, thank God for you all.

TXUS on October 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Charity officials will advance the money as quickly as possible after a death, and defense officials will repay the charity after the government shutdown ends

So, Fisher House is helping Obama to not have family members appear on TV saying ‘Where’s my money?’.

faraway on October 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Thank you MKH for providing the link to donate.

FUBO!

Key West Reader on October 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Its a very nice and noble cause, but if one is serious about smaller government, a lot of things that are very nice and noble but more naturally the province of private charitable work will have to go back there.

tagryn on October 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Which part of “obviously intentional and vile action” did you not understand? Sorry about your soul being dead and all…

bofh on October 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Not necessarily OT – Just finished this photoshop thinking about this debacle and Obama’s attitude towards our soldiers, the Tea Party, white people and America in general – Caption suggestions to make it go viral?

Harbingeing on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I don’t think it needs a caption. A picture speaks a thousand words.

talkingpoints on October 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

So when will Hussein unleash an IRS audit against Fisher House ?

burrata on October 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

This whole arrangement is a fig leaf by the Obama DOD to let them pretend they wanted to provide the benefit but were not allowed to by the government shutdown. So now they’ll pretend a charity had to step in.

Fisher House is a good charity, and I’m sure they’re glad to be able to help facilitate these survivor benefits.

I’m just not buying that it was really necessary. Just more shutdown theater from the Spite House.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

So, Fisher House is helping Obama to not have family members appear on TV saying ‘Where’s my money?’.

faraway on October 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Well that was pretty crass, dontcha think?

Key West Reader on October 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

You stop a welfare check, though… huh,, pissantofcountry?

That’s when the crying starts. You puke.

wolly4321 on October 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I’m just not buying that it was really necessary. Just more shutdown theater from the Spite House.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

By DrunkChuck Hagel, the Republican.

Talk about a sock puppet.

Key West Reader on October 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

You stop a welfare check, though… huh,, pissantofcountry?

That’s when the crying starts. You puke.

wolly4321 on October 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Nah, that’s when the Riots start.

Key West Reader on October 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Perhaps if the house Republicans didnt insist on shutting down government,this horrible event wouldn’t have happened. Then again this is the wrong blog to pose that question.

loveofcountry on October 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

It’s totally the House Republicans fault for not giving Obama everything he wants when he wants it, of course.

It’s almost like they think they have some Constitutional role in deciding how much money to raise and how much to spend. I wonder where they got such a silly notion…..

/sarc

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Harbingeing on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I don’t think it needs a caption. A picture speaks a thousand words.

talkingpoints on October 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Agreed. Although “Choom U, AmeriKKKa” comes to mind.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Then again this is the wrong blog to pose that question.

loveofcountry on October 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Unless you enjoy looking stupid, it’d be best not to try it anyplace.

Oh, wait. You’re a leftoid drone.

Carry on.

Solaratov on October 9, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Perhaps if the house Republicans didnt insist on shutting down government,this horrible event wouldn’t have happened. Then again this is the wrong blog to pose that question.
Keep voting democrat!
loveofcountry Free Shit Army™on October 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Murphy9 on October 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

loveofcountry

So, how many times have you seen bigfoot?

xblade on October 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Perhaps if the house Republicans didnt insist on shutting down government,this horrible event wouldn’t have happened. Then again this is the wrong blog to pose that question.

loveofcountry on October 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Rut Roh… DWS is eating her Dippity Do again. Shame shame shame.

Key West Reader on October 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

loveofcountry

So, how many times have you seen bigfoot?

xblade on October 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Depends on how many times she’s seen MoBo.

Key West Reader on October 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

So, Fisher House is helping Obama to not have family members appear on TV saying ‘Where’s my money?’.

faraway on October 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

My goodness, what a mean, spiteful thought. No, they are helping families who have very heavy hearts right now, who are receiving no benefits from this government. Imagine, for a moment, their devastation, their pain, and they don’t even have the funds to go and retrieve the bodies of the persons who died. Now, imagine if you were one of those people who couldn’t go pick up a son or a daughter.

Would you still feel like the Fisher House is giving a fig leaf to the administration?

herm2416 on October 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

So, DOD tells the Republican-led Congress that this will be a problem before they craft legislation, which the Republican-led Congress then effs up. When the Obama Administration learns of the problem, they reach out to Fisher House and solve the problem. And then Hot Air writes tripe like that posted above.

“Charity steps in to pay military survivor benefits during shutdown”

Steps in. Hah!

Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

My guess is the Republican-led House purposely left this issue hanging so that they would have, after the shutdown, a convenient “talking point” with which to bash the administration. Nothing like wrapping yourself in the flag to get the dollars flowing to Freedomworks and Heritage Action.

Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

So, DOD tells the Republican-led Congress that this will be a problem before they craft legislation, which the Republican-led Congress then effs up. When the Obama Administration learns of the problem, they reach out to Fisher House and solve the problem. And then Hot Air writes tripe like that posted above.

“Charity steps in to pay military survivor benefits during shutdown”

Steps in. Hah!

Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Horrible spin.

The charity is stepping in immediately while the DOD is promising to do something once Obama and the democrat’s political expediency wit the “shutdown” is achieved.

Imbecilic reprobate.

Murphy9 on October 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Murphy9 on October 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

So when Fisher House CEO Ken Fisher says he agreed to help after receiving a call from Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, he’s lying. And the fact that the Pentagon agreed to guarantee those payments before they were announced is irrelevant.

Partisan dullard.

Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Here are a few sources of info on this to help. A little long in the reading as Ann A. Butt would say. It is interesting that on page 5 of the contingency plan states that dead payments would continue.

Guidance for Implementation of Pay Our military Act 10.5.13

Letter from Secretary Chuck Hagel 10.5.13

Statement by Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Pay Our Military Act 10.5.13

Contingency Plan Guidance for Continuation of Essential Operations in the Absence
of available appropriations September 2013

jpcpt03 on October 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

So, DOD tells the Republican-led Congress that this will be a problem before they craft legislation, which the Republican-led Congress then effs up. When the Obama Administration learns of the problem, they reach out to Fisher House and solve the problem. And then Hot Air writes tripe like that posted above.

“Charity steps in to pay military survivor benefits during shutdown”

Steps in. Hah!

Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

My guess is the Republican-led House purposely left this issue hanging so that they would have, after the shutdown, a convenient “talking point” with which to bash the administration. Nothing like wrapping yourself in the flag to get the dollars flowing to Freedomworks and Heritage Action.

Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

You’ve got it exactly right … in bizarro-world.

In the real world, the House passes a package to ensure military pays and benefits will get paid, and writes it to give the Secretary of Defense maximum flexibility to interpret the law to make sure all benefits get paid.

Then DOD decides to interpret the law to exclude death benefits, for no apparent reason.

Then, when a furor ensues, Congress wants to know how they managed to get that interpretation out of the law they passed. And rather than answer the question, they work out some deal with the Fisher House to funnel the death benefits through a charity, to be repaid only when the government shutdown ends.

Given the shutdown theater we’ve been watching since the first, the simplest explanation is that this is just more shutdown theater.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

There Goes Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood on October 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Thank you for changing the story again, although your version at least at least has the virtue of consistency, unlike Mary Katherine Ham’s parody post.

Of course, you are basically accusing the Fisher House, a noble organization with a spotless record of integrity, of engaging in shutdown theater with an immoral and duplicitous administration that loathes veterans, but I’m sure you don’t really mean that.

Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Harbingeing on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I don’t think it needs a caption. A picture speaks a thousand words.

talkingpoints on October 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Agreed. Although “Choom U, AmeriKKKa” comes to mind.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Thanks guys, and I think you are right. There’s enough empty space on both sides of his ugly mug to just enter the caption du jour. That way it stays topical. First one that came to mind was “If I had a son…” “He would have looked like Trayvon” Of course, I did put Obama’s face over the Trayvon FB pic, so that was obvious (but soooo last week.) I might just delete the background and have it ready for whatever comes up.

Harbingeing on October 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM

This is precisely the best publicity Republicans can use now. Private organizations doing what the government cannot. That’s an American story to run with.

virgo on October 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Caption suggestions to make it go viral?..
Harbingeing on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

IF Travon had a father, he would look like 0bama.

LegendHasIt on October 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Perhaps if the house Republicans didnt insist on shutting down government,this horrible event wouldn’t have happened. Then again this is the wrong blog to pose that question.

loveofcountry on October 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Looks like you’re still in kindergarten, you gnat-brain. The country is where she’s at due to midgets like you. I hope yous starve, you leech of the world.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 12:54 AM

yous starve, you leech of the world.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM

I’m thinkin your name is way off.
jrsrigmvr on October 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Oh it isn’t that far off.

Just that the third o in the name does not belong there.

LegendHasIt on October 10, 2013 at 1:12 AM

President Obama has ordered officials to resume paying death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers and was “very disturbed” they had been halted due to the government shutdown, said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Carney said Obama had ordered the Office of Management and Budget to work with Spite House lawyers to find a way to restart the benefits and expects a fix Wednesday.

“He was not pleased to learn of this problem,” Carney said, adding it was “unthinkable” that those who had lost family members would go without benefits.

The Spite House said that Congress was warned that death benefits would be halted in a government shutdown and said the “Pay Our Military Act” passed late last month, which authorized paying the salary of service members, did not “explicitly” address the issue.

Republicans have said the administration should have interpreted the law to allow the benefits.

It actually said that Pres**ent Obama is “very disturbed”. Actually he is a loon.

J_Crater on October 10, 2013 at 1:33 AM

The truth is, 0bama did not order them to start paying the death benefits. He told them to find him a way to not look so bad, without acquiescing anything to the ‘evil republicans’.

LegendHasIt on October 10, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Hagel is a disgrace.

rob verdi on October 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

…can low-life’s …be disgraced?

KOOLAID2 on October 10, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Well done, Fisher House. At least someone in DC has some sanity left. You’re the next charity to get my donation.

NavyMustang on October 10, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Fisher House is one of the places I give to annually and they have just had their donation sent early.

Private charity steps in where the government does a faceplant.

Just as it SHOULD BE.

Do this often enough across different venues and people will start to realize that we can do better with our money than the government ever can.

ajacksonian on October 10, 2013 at 6:49 AM

This administration is beneath contempt.

AZCoyote on October 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

This administration is beneath contempt.

AZCoyote on October 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

They are a total disgrace and it will bite them in the hind section.

dogsoldier on October 10, 2013 at 7:42 AM

So, DOD tells the Republican-led Congress that this will be a problem before they craft legislation, which the Republican-led Congress then effs up. When the Obama Administration learns of the problem, they reach out to Fisher House and solve the problem. And then Hot Air writes tripe like that posted above.

“Charity steps in to pay military survivor benefits during shutdown”

Steps in. Hah!

Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

You lose. Funding was provided and the DoD had provisions to pay the benefits in their contingency plan. They refused. Once again Obama uses dead bodies at Dover AFB as political props. You must be proud.

Here are a few sources of info on this to help. A little long in the reading as Ann A. Butt would say. It is interesting that on page 5 of the contingency plan states that dead payments would continue.

Guidance for Implementation of Pay Our military Act 10.5.13

Letter from Secretary Chuck Hagel 10.5.13

Statement by Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Pay Our Military Act 10.5.13

Contingency Plan Guidance for Continuation of Essential Operations in the Absence
of available appropriations September 2013

jpcpt03 on October 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

HumpBot Salvation on October 10, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Then, when a furor ensues, Congress wants to know how they managed to get that interpretation out of the law they passed. And rather than answer the question, they work out some deal with the Fisher House to funnel the death benefits through a charity, to be repaid only when the government shutdown ends.
 
There Goes the Neighborhood on October 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

 
Of course, you are basically accusing the Fisher House, a noble organization with a spotless record of integrity, of engaging in shutdown theater with an immoral and duplicitous administration that loathes veterans, but I’m sure you don’t really mean that.
 
Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM

 
Where in the world did you get that from his post?
 

Partisan dullard.
 
Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 11:08 PM

 
Ah. Nevermind.

rogerb on October 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Where in the world did you get that from his post?

rogerb on October 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Then, when a furor ensues, Congress wants to know how they managed to get that interpretation out of the law they passed. And rather than answer the question, they work out some deal with the Fisher House to funnel the death benefits through a charity, to be repaid only when the government shutdown ends.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

If they had Cliff’s Notes for blog posts, you’d need them.

Mr. Arkadin on October 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

If they had Cliff’s Notes for blog posts, you’d need them.
 
Mr. Arkadin on October 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

 
Thanks for the solid argument.
 

…you are basically accusing the Fisher House, a noble organization with a spotless record of integrity, of engaging in shutdown theater…
 
Mr. Arkadin on October 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM

 
Again, how do you get that out of “work out some deal”?

rogerb on October 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM

And yet there are still people who argue, with a straight face, that having the federal government be in charge of health care is a good idea. Unbelievable.

The House Republicans need to have the spine to stand up and impeach this thug who currently inhabits the White House. Even though we know the Senate, as presently constituted, would never convict, we need to actually take an action that is more serious than a strongly worded letter or a committee hearing. Alas, I know that is but a pipe dream.

Shump on October 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Obama and his goons are despicable bastards. Our youth gives their lives for this poor sick Republic and this is their reward. This falls squarely on the shoulders of the Obama and his dolt secretary of defense Hagel. They can’t lie their way out of this one.

rplat on October 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

BTW, Sesame Street: $445 million
 
https://www.fms.treas.gov/fmsweb/viewDTSFiles?dir=w&fname=13100100.pdf
 
Families of dead soldiers: $0

rogerb on October 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Not letting seniors get off a bus in Yellowstone to go to the bathroom is one thing but not meeting an obligation for those who gave all is absolutely a new low even for someone who thinks killing unborn babies is cool. I can just about hear them sitting in the oval office laughing as they decide how to parse laws on who gets what and how much pain to inflict.

Kissmygrits on October 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

In related news did you all see the article about DOE hiring a lawyer to teach their HR department how to “disadvantage veterans in its hiring practices?”

http://freebeacon.com/report-department-of-energy-discriminated-against-veterans/

Obama and his goons are lower than whale shit.

dogsoldier on October 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Auto-Immolate you dishonest partisan hack Arkadian.

Murphy9 on October 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM