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Pentagon makes deal to pay military death benefits

Updated: Wednesday, October 9 2013, 05:26 PM CDT
The body of Carlisle native, Sergeant Patrick Hawkins was returned to the United States on Wednesday.

Hawkins and three other soldiers were killed on Sunday in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was at Dover Air Force Base for the arrival of the remains. The administration is being criticized for suspending $100,000 in emergency  death payments to the families of those killed, because of the government shutdown.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Pentagon made an agreement with the Fisher House Foundation to pay the death benefits.

At the end of the shutdown, the Government will reimburse the agency.

PA Representative Lou Barletta took up the issue on the house floor on Wednesday.  "Fittingly, he was tending to another wounded Ranger when he was killed.  Sgt. Hawkins clearly was following part of the Army Ranger creed which says "I will never leave a fallen comrade."   Mr. Speaker we should take that advice as well here in this body and not leave behind Sgt. Hawkins wife Brittany of Lansing, Kansas or his parents Roy and Sheila Hawkins of Carlisle Pennsylvania."

The government shutdown is in its ninth day. Pentagon makes deal to pay military death benefits

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