Shutdown Has Serious Impact on Military Benefits
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MILWAUKEE -- The Government Shutdown is delaying benefits to families of fallen service members.
Wisconsin Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah Collins, just 19 years old, was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. His funeral is set for this week in Milwaukee. Families of the fallen are supposed to receive money to help with funeral and other expenses, but those payments are on hold because of the shutdown. It means Collins' family couldn't fly to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to be there for the return of their loved one.
"There's somebody who needs to fly their family home. To have the government shutting down, delaying their ability to handle that business some people just won't be able to do it," says Collins' mother Shannon.
A senior Pentagon official told NBC News that they hope to find a way around the problem soon.