(Left to right) Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno and Special Agent Joseph M. Peters were killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Sunday.
In what veterans call an outrageous slight after the ultimate sacrifice, the shuttered federal government is withholding a $100,000 payment normally wired to relatives of fallen soldiers — including the families of five killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.
The payment, known as the death gratuity, is typically sent to families of the fallen within three days to help them cover funeral costs or travel to meet the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones.
The families of five American service members killed over the weekend in Afghanistan have been notified that they will not receive the payment. A relative of one of the five called it “devastating.”
One of those fallen soldiers is our very own Special Agent Joseph M. Peters of Springfield, MO.
This project is strictly for the families of those fallen Hero's. All the money raised by CrowdIt, LLC less C.C. processing fees will be divided equally and disbursed to the families of these great individuals!!
Lets show the families of these fallen soldiers that they are not alone, that just because their government is failing them that we are not, that we will not let them suffer anymore at the hands of red tape and beaurocracy. Lets give them the respect they have earned, the dignity they deserve, and the honor that they are owed!
So the $100,000 payment, meant to tide families over until military survivor benefits kick in, was being withheld for relatives of the killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, four from the Army and one from the Marines.
We will do it ourselves!
This especially hits home for all of us here in Springfield as Special Agent Joseph M. Peters was a Springfield Resident and graduate of Republic High School. His biography is below. We at CrowdIt and all of us contributing to this great cause would like to extend our deepest sympathies, gratitude and respect to him and his family for serving our country.
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The Public Affairs Office sent the following biography of Peters:
He was born Dec. 22, 1988. After graduating from high school in 2007, he enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Springfield. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood and Advanced Individual Training as a Human Intelligencer Collector at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and was assigned to the 210th Military Intelligence Company. Following this assignment, Peters was assigned to the 14th Military Intelligence Battalion. He served as a Human Intelligence Collector at both assignments.
Peters reclassified as an Army Criminal Investigations Special Agent and was assigned to the 286th Military Police Detachment, Vicenza, Italy as a Special Agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
This was his third deployment in support of the War on Terror with two previous deployments to Iraq.
He was promoted to Sergeant Aug. 1, 2010.
His military education includes the Criminal Investigation Division Agent Course, Protective Services Training Course, Human Intelligence Collector Course, Joint Analyst Interrogator Collaboration Course, the Advanced Crime Scene Investigative Technician Course and the Warrior Leader Course.
His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal 2nd Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Arrow Device, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Driver’s Badge.
He was posthumously awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.