Shutdown leaves kin of dead soldiers without money for funerals

They paid the ultimate price serving their country — but their government can’t spare a cent to cover their funerals.

The stooges on Capitol Hill added insult to tragedy Tuesday when it was revealed that the families of four soldiers and a Marine who were killed in Afghanistan have not received a $100,000 “death gratuity” because of the government shutdown.

The cash is meant to cover interment, flights and other expenses tied to the servicemembers’ ultimate sacrifice. It is usually wired within three days.

Four of the fallen — Sgt. Patrick Hawkins, 25; Pfc. Cody Patterson, 24; Lt. Jennifer Moreno, 25; and Special Agent Joseph Peters, 24 — were killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

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