Gov't shutdown delays military death benefits
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- The government shutdown is affecting the South Florida families of those serving in the military.
U.S. Airman Martin Gonzalez of Miramar was killed Saturday in Colombia. His plane crashed while tracking a suspected smuggling ship.
Before the government closed for business, the Pentagon paid for the fallen soldier's funeral expenses.
However, the shutdown halted that benefit, sparking outrage from Washington to South Florida. "You dishonor our soldiers that are serving and dying overseas, and at the same time, you strip us of our benefits?" said U.S. Army Veteran Ernest Gonzalez.
The House passed legislation on Wednesday to restore death benefits to families of fallen soldiers.
It's unclear if the Senate will take up the bill.
For now, military-focused Fisher House Foundation volunteered to pay out these benefits until the shutdown ends.
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