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Family who lost son sees military benefits delayedSubmitted: 10/08/2013
Family who lost son sees military benefits delayed
Story By Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - The family of a Wisconsin Marine killed in Afghanistan suffers another blow.

The body of Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Collins Jr. of Milwaukee arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday.

Collins' family says the 19-year-old intelligence specialist died Saturday at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province.

Now, the families of five U.S. service members who were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan have been notified that they won't be receiving the 100-thousand dollar benefit normally wired to relatives within 36 hours of the death.

The "death gratuity" is intended to help cover funeral costs and help with immediate living expenses until survivor benefits begin.

The money is being delayed by the government shutdown.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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