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Video: Families of Slain Arizona Officers Wait for Federal Benefit

September 08, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Families of Slain Arizona Officers Wait for Federal Benefit

Families of some Arizona officers who died in the line of duty are waiting more than a year for a large federal benefit payout from a program often criticized for being mired in red tape, and others might not qualify at all, reports USA Today.

While Arizona probably isn't the most notorious example of how delays are infuriating the families of police and firefighters who died with valor, the well-known names of some fallen officers are listed as "pending'' on a list of claims filed with the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program, operated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The status of claims filed by the families of nearly 1,500 officers dating back to 2009 was obtained by the USA Today Media Network. The USA Today investigation found 750 families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty are still waiting for answers about their claims.

The investigation found the average claim takes 391 days to process and 42 percent take more than a year, the goal set by the program for reviewing the cases. Some delays date back to 2007 on complicated cases.

The families of some fallen officers may not qualify for the $340,000 benefit because they were killed while on their way to or from work.

Comments (4)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 9/8/2015 5:40 PM

This benefits program is operated by the DOJ who is under the direct super vision of the White House. That explains the delays.

Morning Eagle @ 9/8/2015 6:52 PM

Typical federal bureaucracy inefficiency for which there is no excuse. But not surprising given the current DOJ's lack of support and even animosity for law enforcement. Going to or from work should be considered LOD and what is difficult to figure out when officers or firefighters are killed while on duty. This delay is disgusting to say the least.

Saul Berkoowitz @ 9/9/2015 8:33 AM

If they were black and killed inside a church by a white guy they would have received millions in a few weeks..

kevCopAz @ 9/9/2015 2:33 PM

MMM funny the back log is back to just before Obama and his types took over. What a surprise! This is proof that this administration could care less for Cops. and for that matter where are the Republicans that preach that they are so pro cop?? Every politician says they will support families, this is proof they take crap! This is unacceptable. Where are our UNIONS screaming bloody hell over this?? Yes I blame them too, this needs to be aired on national TV, perhaps the O'reily Factor who really IS pro police and pro police family. Unions, STEP THE HELL UP demand this changes.

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