WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House voted unanimously Wednesday to restore death benefits to military families during the government shutdown.
The benefits include a $100,000 payment and reimbursement for funeral and burial expenses. The bill is expected to pass the Senate, but the legislative fix may not be necessary.
A defense official tells CNN the private military charity group Fisher House Foundation has agreed to cover the expenses for families of the fallen. The government will reimburse the organization once the shutdown is over.
Among those affected by this delay is the family of an Oregon soldier who died while serving his country. 24-year-old Cody Patterson died over the weekend in Afghanistan, when he and his team came across a roadside bomb. Wednesday, Patterson’s father headed to Dover Air Force Base to retrieve his son’s body. 17 service members have died since the shutdown began.
CNN contributed to this report.