Honoring sacrifice - Hawaii News

Honoring sacrifice - Hawaii News

There are 7 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 1, 2009, titled Honoring sacrifice - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Twenty-three soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq or Afghanistan were remembered yesterday as national heroes and also as members of the island ohana in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

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kcsaunders

Honolulu, HI

#1 Apr 1, 2009
OMG - that is the saddest picture I've seen all year. What a HUGE sacrifice that baby has made to this war, compared to most of us. Is that fair?
Misha

Kailua, HI

#2 Apr 1, 2009
I tear up EVERY SINGLE TIME i read stories like this. My boyfriend is in the Marines and is deployed in Iraq right now and it's hard not to think about it, but it's reality and you have to plan ahead for the what ifs.

God bless our troops and God bless their families and friends they leave behind.
ProudUSARWife

United States

#3 Apr 1, 2009
May God bless each of these families. You have my family's sincere sympathy for your loss and utmost respect for what you have been through and your loved one's sacrifice.
Like thousands of others, we are waiting for our soldier to come home. We will never forget yours and words cannot convey how deeply sorry we are for your loss.
Just wondering

Keaau, HI

#4 Apr 1, 2009
Are these families compensated for their loss?
Who financially supports the children?
MstSgt Davlin USMC

Pasadena, CA

#5 Apr 1, 2009
Just wondering wrote:
Are these families compensated for their loss?
Who financially supports the children?
The death gratuity payment is $12,420, and is non-taxable. For those whose death is as a result of hostile actions and occurred in a designated combat operation or combat zone or while training for combat or performing hazardous duty, the payment is $100,000. The death gratuity payment is made to survivors of the deceased in this order:
The member's lawful surviving spouse. Payment delivered by the CAR assigned to the reporting or assistance base, within 24 hours of the member's death, unless the surviving spouse desires other arrangements.
If there is no spouse, to the child or children of the member, regardless of age or marital status, in equal shares (state laws guide payment to minor children). Payment for minor children is made by DFAS-DE/FJPC within 30 days after they have received the required claim form and supporting documentation.
If none of the above, to the parents, or brothers and/or sisters, or any combination as designated by the deceased member. Payment delivered by the CAR assigned to the reporting or assistance base, within 24 hours of the member's death, unless the NOK desires other arrangements.
The death gratuity is not paid to any other person when there are no survivors as listed above. A will is not a legal designation for death gratuity since such payment is not an allowance or a debt due the member and cannot be part of the member's estate.
There are Educational Benefits for the Children.
All in all does not seem like much for some ones life!
Look what the CEO’s of our screwed up companys walked away with
Semper Fi
Wang

Honolulu, HI

#7 Apr 1, 2009
God Bless these fine soldiers.
enufalready

Wailuku, HI

#8 Apr 1, 2009
Tragic.

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