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Apparently an Ark. NG Captain's wife has been denied death benefits.... he was on some training exercise, I guess it was very cold. He asked permission to spend the night at home because he was very tired and cold... his heart stopped while he was asleep next to his wife.
What say you? Is she entitled to the benefits?
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Sounds like there's a lot more to this story.
Very tired & cold, then dies? Something was VERY wrong with him. Sounds like poison.
Regardless, if he was married, she'd be entitled to the standard package of benefits, including $400k SGLI.
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Might very well have had heart issues ET...in any case you'd think the exposure was the direct cause of his death.
So the question is...is one entitled to insurance payout if essentially died as a direct result of training incidents...
I think the answer is yes...
I just read a story about this. He was given permission to go home on Sat night and return Sun for the rest of the drill. He lived 12 miles away. The Ark. NG said he died in the line of duty. The Army says the wife doesn't get the $100K and $8K burial money because he was not “in the vicinity” of the inactive-duty training facility.
They actually paid her and took the money back. I guess Reservist on weekend drills might not want to stay in a hotel 12 miles from the drill facility.
Imagine the family loses the Father/Husband a decorated veteran and they have to deal with some pencil pusher measuring miles on an atlas.
It's likely that she'll get the benefits. The House still has to vote on it of course, but anyone who votes nay will be called out on it, and what politician wants to commit political suicide? Just do a search of the Arkansas News for an article titled, "Senate clears way for Guard widow to get benefits".
Yes by law the soldier's wife should and is entitled to the death benefits as well as the many other benefits she should get. All to often it the military and veterans systems does not work
as intended , I've seen soldiers back in the states whom was injured in Iraq being told after their claims for compensation are denied they was allready injured before they joined the U.S. Military. In other cases it has taken months and months for some dependants and spouses to get
the death benefits and I'm sure as well as you that there are some whom still has not gotten them.
All to often soldiers , spouses , veterans and dependants find them self's at war with the very
country (America) they enlisted to defend over the benefits they / we was promised as proud defenders of America Freedom & Democracy. This is deliberately done to us because it's a fact
only 13% of claimants will continue to fight for their military and VA benefits and even of that
13% a % of them give up and just go away and this is just what the U.S. Gov wants it helps them
save billions of dollars so they can pass it out to their communist buddies in China and other
nations whom could care less what happens to U.S. Soldiers when they go home.
While I don't know what the solution to this war on American Soldiers and their families is,
if you do or your fellow veterans file a claim for service connected compensation for injuries
sustained while on active duty and you claims case or your veteran comrade's claim file gets
assigned to Admin Claim R. O. Mr. Ross Fawver at the Dept of VA Ft. Henry Wipple Federal Bldg
in Minneapolis/St.Paul Minnesota Region you better ask your claims file be transfered to another
R.O. (Claims Review Officer) because this claims adjusted in my opinion and others could not care
less about your injuries or your family or that you was injured while on active duty defending
him and his family from terrorist and other threats to the U.S.A.
Didn't they have a doctor or a medic onsite?
It says he asked permission to stay at home.Was it granted or was he AWOL? My guess is she will get the money.But too much is not known at this time.
Not enough info to form an opinion.
Not all Reserve/Guard units have medic on site. At least that's how it was when I was in.
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OK, not sure how the Guard does it anymore, it's been a few years since I was in the Guard but I know how the the USAR does it.
Lodging in Kind (LIK) is only provided for Soldiers that live 50 miles or more away from their USAR Center. Normally it's in a hotel nearby as most Centers don't have Barracks.
Live 49 miles or less and you have to drive home or pay for a hotel room out of pocket.
Can't sleep in the Center on the drill floor or in your office either, local Fire Marshals go apes hit when you try to do that.
I forget, is a weekend Drill in the Guard under Title 32 Service or Title 10 Service?
That may be the issue in regards to the benefits.
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