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Private charity steps in to restore death benefits for military families

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WASHINGTON — Not long after the flag-draped coffins of four Americans killed in combat arrived Wednesday at Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base, the Pentagon announced that a private charity would restore death benefits for the families of military members who die while on active duty.

But that quick action did little to calm the families’ ire and stop the finger-pointing between the Obama administration and Republicans about a government failure whose effect was deeply symbolic and immediately felt by bereft parents, grieving spouses and children left without mothers and fathers.

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