Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel should be held accountable for his total irresponsibility in representing military personnel and veterans who have died serving in the United States Military during the month of October, 2013. As a military veteran I am personally embarrassed with his irresponsibility in not convincing the President to perform as our country should for all veterans who have died in the month of October, 2013! Such irresponsibility justify asking for his resignation.
And this is just part of the actions the President has responsibility for where all Americans are not being treated fairly and with respect. I ask you Mr. President, please represent all citizens of this country, not just those may have voted for you or given you money. i am a citizen of this country, and I feel that under the Constitution I am entitled to responsible representation the same as all citizens.
Administration Leadership Shameful To United States
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
WASHINGTON — The families of four soldiers killed in Afghanistan last weekend will not receive death benefits or the money to pay for their funerals because of the government shutdown.
U.S. Army, via Associated Press
The family of Sgt. Patrick Hawkins will not receive death benefits or the money to pay for their funerals because of the government shutdown.
U.S. Army, via Associated Press
Sgt. Joseph Peters
The bodies of Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25; Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24; Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24; and First Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, will arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Wednesday. The four soldiers were killed Sunday in the Zhari district of Kandahar Province when enemy forces attacked their unit with explosives.
But if their families want to meet the plane, they will have to pay their own way to Delaware.
Under the shutdown, Carl Woog, a Defense Department spokesman, said on Tuesday, “the Department of Defense does not currently have the authority to pay death gratuities and other key benefits for the survivors of service members killed in action.”
By Chelsea J. Carter. Barbara Starr and Jamie Crawford, CNN updated 8:35 PM EDT, Wed October 9, 2013
Washington (CNN) — The news was devastating for Shannon and Jeremiah Collins: Their 19-year-old son, Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Collins Jr., died in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
Then it got worse.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, couple learned the survivor benefit paid to the families of fallen troops for burial and other expenses had been suspended because of the government shutdown.
“Am I going to be on a payment plan for the rest of my life so that my son can have the services he deserves?” Shannon Collins told CNN affiliate WTMJ.
It’s a question that embarrassed and outraged government officials, who scrambled to find a way to provide the survivor benefits to the families of 26 troops who have died since the shutdown began on October 1.
On Wednesday, the Pentagon struck a deal with a private charity to ensure families of fallen troops are paid the survivor benefits, which include a $100,000 payment made within days of the death, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
The Daily Caller
White House Correspondent 1:57 PM 10/07/2013
The National Park Service is allowing an Oct. 8 pro-immigration rally on the national mall, even as it posts pickets and barriers to bar Americans from visiting their open-air memorials.
“They’re going to be allowed to go [ahead] because it is a First Amendment activity,” Shannon Maurer, a spokeswoman for the “March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect,” told The Daily Caller.
“They allowed us to have it because it is part of the First Amendment of the constitution,” said Susana Flores, a spokeswoman for CASA in Action, which is organizing the rally. ”We’re going to have a stage and microphones,” plus a stand for TV cameras, she said.
Sanford Speaks Out
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn October 6, 2013
Barack Obama brings out such visceral feelings in not just me, but so many Americans, more so than any other person to occupy the White House since the day John and Abigail Adams moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.