Department of Defense officials claimed that it was out of their control.
“If the Department was allowed to make death gratuity payments at any point during shutdown, they would’ve been paid with great relief,” a defense official told the Wall Street Journal.
Benefits for military families, which include a $100,000 death gratuity and coverage of funeral costs, will also be delayed due to the shutdown.
Death gratuities will be paid after the shutdown, and the government will likely be able to reimburse families for funeral costs, but reimbursement potential for airfare is not clear at this time, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The bodies of Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, Sgt. Joseph Peters, 24, and 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, will arrive at Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday.