It’s a sad day when the United States has to take charity to care for the families of fallen members of the military.

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP) (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

This partial government shutdown makes Uncle Sam another beggar on the street. It reduced him to going hat in hand to the Fisher House Foundation, which offered to provide the standard $100,000 death benefit to families.

Ironically, the Fisher House, which has worked with military families for 20 years, also receives donations from the Combined Federal Campaign. The campaign funnels charitable contributions from federal employees to more than 20,000 nonprofit organizations around the world.

Because of the shutdown, CFC may as well stand for Can’t Function Currently, just like many other government-related activities.

Read more in the Federal Diary.