• U.S. Army soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Cody J. Patterson during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on October 9, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. According to reports, Patterson, who was from Philomath, Oregon, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Georgia, was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan. Since the U.S. government shutdown, a benefit called the 'death gratuity' that helps families cover travel and funeral costs for fallen soldiers has gone unpaid. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

    Left Unpaid

    The Death Benefit Scandal

    The $100,000 payment to the family of a fallen service member—which is supposed to be a first and immediate installment on an unpayable debt—is being withheld in the shutdown. Michael Daly on the outrage.

    Three days after the government shut down and two days before he was killed, 19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Collins Jr. went on Facebook.

    “Get it together Obama and not to mention Congress. Jesus! Make up your minds,” Collins wrote on October 3 from Afghanistan. “I will protect…my country with my life, but do not go fucking with the men and women that protect your sorry asses.”

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    Military Pain

    The Shutdown’s Hidden Cost

    Politicians may be trumpeting that service members are being paid during the shutdown, but other military services are in the crosshairs, reports Jacob Siegel.

    With the news that Pentagon employees are being paid again, the military seems to have been saved from the troubles caused by the government shutdown. But there’s just one problem: it’s not true.

    The truth is that the military is not working like it’s supposed to, and things will only get worse if the shutdown isn’t resolved soon.

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  • U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

    Defense Shutdown

    Pentagon Keeps Workers Guessing About Pay

    The military is supposed to be protected from the shutdown but many defense workers supporting the military still don’t know if their next check is coming, explains Hanqing Chen.

    As the first week of the government shut down comes to a close, many Defense Department employees are still wondering whether and when their paychecks will come.

    This confusion comes after an eleventh hour bill was passed to keep military personnel paid during the shut down. President Barack Obama passed the Pay Our Military Act on Sept. 30 to provide for pay for currently serving military members and essential civilian employees in the Department of Defense. But who exactly qualifies as an essential employee was never spelled out and is still being decided by the DOD while workers are left wondering.

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