The government shut down has affected many innocent people, and has cost the American people around two Billion dollars.
Clearly the GOP leaves dead soldiers family's out in the cold. The Tea Party refuses to give in and stop this nonsense.
"On Saturday, a U.S. Marine was killed in Helmand province. On Sunday, four troops were killed by an IED in southern Afghanistan. Until the shutdown ends, none of their families can expect to receive the “death gratuity” of $100,000 promised to immediately reach them within 24 to 36 hours. Grieving families also cannot expect the military to cover all the usual costs of family travel to meet their loved ones returning home for burial in American flag-draped coffins through Dover Air Force Base. And if the shutdown continues into November, monthly survivor benefits are in jeopardy because the Department of Veterans Affairs has warned it will be out of cash to pay them."
Laura Clawson. (08 Oct 2013). Shutdown is delaying the death benefits for troops killed in Afghanistan. Daily Kos.