DOD, Charity Reach Deal To Pay Military Death Benefits

Law360, New York (October 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday it has reached a deal to work with a charity group to get death gratuities to fallen U.S. soldiers’ families during the government shutdown, after DOD lawyers said the department wasn’t authorized to do so by a military pay law passed hurriedly last week.

The charity group Fisher House Foundation has agreed to pay the military’s standard $100,000 death gratuity to any family that is denied the money because of the ongoing lapse in appropriations, and the DOD has...
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