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America at War … Still

10:47 AM, Oct 9, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The fighting goes on in Afghanistan.  As does the dying.  United States troops have been in the country for 13 years and more than 2,000 of them have been killed there, four of them last Sunday.  As Adam Ashton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports, the dead included: 

An Army nurse serving alongside an elite Special Operations Force ... one of few ways for female soldiers to go out on combat missions with all-male Army Ranger or Green Beret teams.

The nurse, Jennifer Moreno "is survived by her mother and two sisters in San Diego" and a brother "who serves in the Army."

The survivors might not have received normal death benefits since, as Jake Trapper reports, during the shutdown:

The Pentagon has said it cannot pay death benefits to families of troops killed in Afghanistan. 

But Lieutenant Moreno's sacrifice is not forgotten and this being America:

… Fisher House Foundation has stepped in and offered an advance grant to families of the fallen during the government shutdown, “to ensure there is no funding gap during the most difficult of times, with the understanding that reimbursements would be made at an appropriate time.”

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