Pentagon Makes Gold Star Family Pay for Soldier Remains, Cory Mills Acts

Pentagon Makes Gold Star Family Pay for Soldier Remains, Cory Mills Acts

Botched 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal remains an issue for the GOP

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
July 25, 2023

In 2021 the Biden Administration faced serious backlash after the failed US  military withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Once again Republicans are blasting the President on the withdrawal after the family of a soldier killed in the debacle was forced to pay for her remains to be shipped home due to a new policy from the Pentagon.

Combat veteran and freshman US Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) joined almost all Republicans in condemning Biden's Afghanistan pullout while on the campaign trail 2 years ago.  The failed operation left plenty of military supplies abandoned and 13 US soldiers dead.  Rep. Mills was outraged when meeting with one of the fallen soldier's families that the Pentagon made them pay over $60,000 to have her remains transported back to the United States.

Sergeant Nicole L. Gee, a member of the United States Marine Corps, died in the tragedy and was able to have her remains transferred to Arlington National Cemetery with the help of a non-profit fundraiser.  Rep. Mills' office did some digging and reported that the discrepancy was made possible in last year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the Department of Defense to decline to pay for the transportation of deceased military men and women.

"Typically, our fallen heroes are flown back home for a solemn service and then laid to a final rest at Arlington Cemetery with the utmost respect and honor," Mills said. "It is an egregious injustice that grieving families were burdened to shoulder the financial strain of honoring their loved ones. This is an unacceptable situation that demands immediate rectification."

Mills continues to be a loud adversary of the Biden Administration.  This year the Florida Congressman joined legislators like US Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) in the impeachment efforts of President Joe Biden (D).

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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