(CNN/WTMJ) - The government shutdown, now heading into its ninth day, is disrupting government services across the nation.
It's impacting everything from furloughed government workers to national parks and monuments.
Now it's taking a toll on grieving military families who are trying to bury their loved ones.
The families of troops just killed in Afghanistan are being denied government death benefits until the government shutdown ends.
"That America could fail the families of our fallen heroes, appalling, frightening," Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid said.
"Shouldn't we be embarrassed about this?" Sen. John McCain said. "Shouldn't we be ashamed?"
Marine Lance Corp. Jeremiah Michael Collins' remains were brought Monday to Dover Air Force Base.
"He became a Marine to become somebody, and he became a great Marine," Shannon Collins, mother of Jeremiah Michael Collins, said.
But his family and others will not get Pentagon funding to go to Dover to pay their respects. The program is frozen until the shutdown is over.
Funeral and burial expenses won't be reimbursed. A $100,000 cash payment to survivors is stopped.
Ami Neiberger Miller works with grieving families. There is concern for those that don't have a lot of money.
"The benefits are especially critical because they do provide them the ability to make decisions quickly," she said.
Her 22-year-old brother, Christopher, was killed in Iraq in 2007.
"There were a number of unexpected expenses that we had not anticipated in our lives because we certainly had never thought my brother would die," she said.
Some Republicans say the pentagon already has the authority to pay the benefits but promise a quick piece of legislation to make sure that happens.
Pentagon officials are adamant that they need the legislative fix to get the money flowing again, and they say the proof is that congress is talking about a fix. That proves they need a legislative solution.
But in the meantime, a number of corporations and several organizations that support families have quietly stepped forward and are offering their financial support to families in their time of grief.
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