October 9th, 2013
09:05 AM ET

On shutdown's 9th day, survivors of fallen troops take center stage

By Josh Levs and Tom Cohen

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Dover Air Force Base Wednesday, he won't just be honoring troops killed in Afghanistan. His presence will also send a message about the government shutdown.

Hagel will attend a ceremony for the return of soldiers' remains – at a time the families of those service members are not receiving the standard benefits typically given to them.

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, those benefits, which include a $100,000 payment, are being withheld.

It's the "worst nightmare" for military families, says Amy Neiberger-Miller of TAPS, a support network for families of the fallen.

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