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Under Secretary of Defense Robert Hale advised of the effects a shutdown would have on military personnel and their families during a news conference on Sept. 27.

“We would also be required to do some other bad things to our people. Just some examples – we couldn’t immediately pay death gratuities to those who die on active duty during the lapse,” Hale said.

Read more at http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/10/20896468-pentagon-warned-of-cuts-to-military-death-benefits-days-before-shutdown?lite.

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