A Rockville nonprofit has agreed to pay military death benefits for the duration of the partial government shutdown.
The Department of Defense has worked out an agreement with The Fisher House Foundation to pay families a $100,000 “death gratuity,” The Department of Defense announced on its website Wednesday.
Fisher House will be reimbursed by the Department of Defense at the end of the shutdown, according to DoD.
The Fisher House Foundation’s president told Bloomberg that the nonprofit had a $4 million emergency assistance fund to cover death benefits during the shut down.
Meanwhile, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have drafted similar legislation despite arguments over whether the Pentagon had the authority to contract with the foundation, Bloomberg reports.
>>> See: ‘Senate Backs Restoring Military Death Benefits’ at Bloomberg.com.