Fisher Foundation Will Help Families of Fallen Service Members

Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 01:02 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Fisher House Foundation, a private organization that aids families of military service members and veterans, will pay the death benefits denied the families of fallen soldiers due to the government shutdown.

"Fisher House will bridge the gap. We will offer these families the $100,000 they should have received within the first 36 hours, until the shutdown ends, or until temporary legislation is enacted to fund this now while the shutdown exists," Ken Fisher, chairman and CEO of Fisher House, told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday.

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Calling the cuts "unconscionable," Fisher said the government should stand by the Americans who choose to serve in the military.

"It's unconscionable. When you think about the sacrifices that have been made for this country, when those men and women raise their right hand, they take an oath. We, as Americans, also take an oath to take care of them if they're wounded, whether it's physical or mental, and to take care of their families if they don't make it home," he added.

The shutdown halted the $100,000 death benefit for funeral expenses and financial support for families after a military member dies in service. So far, families of five soldiers who died in Afghanistan last weekend have been affected by the cut.

"The government is not doing what it should be doing. And, unfortunately, these men and women — 1 percent of this population — raised their hand to go and defend this nation. And they deserve more than they're getting right now," Fisher said.

Blaming Republicans or Democrats for the problem doesn't serve any purpose, Fisher stressed.

"Blame over here. Blame over there. There is enough blame to go around. But, in the end, the families are still suffering," he said.

The Fisher House Foundation, founded in 1990, helps military families with grants, scholarships, comfort homes for families of injured-military family members, and hotel accommodations for families of servicemen in the hospital.

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Military Foundation Steps Up to Cover 'Disgusting' Delay in Payments for Families of Fallen

Military group, aid organizations step up to help grieving families as government shutdown continues

Rumsfeld: Denial of Benefits to Fallen soldiers' Families 'Inexcusable'

AP Poll: Public Blames Obama, Both Parties for Shutdown

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