Death benefits tied up in gov't shutdown
WASHINGTON- The impact of the government shutdown is now being felt by families of service members killed in action.
Survivor benefits of $100,000 are typically paid out within three days to help with costs, such as funeral expenses.
Now, the Defense Department says it doesn't have the authority to make the payments, even though most of the civilian workers were recalled from furlough.
Yesterday, some 350,000 civilian Defense Department workers were summoned back to work after Congress passed legislation the President signed after the shutdown began.