From left, Col. John A. Smyrski III, commander of William Beaumont Army Medical Center; John Ost III, director of the Army Fisher House Program; Alice Coleman, manager of WBAMC Fisher House; and Command Sgt. Maj. Donald George of WBAMC cut the ribbon to the newly renovated Fisher House on the WBAMC campus in El Paso, Texas, on May 12, 2017. The Fisher House provides military-affiliated families room and board at no cost throughout the duration of care for inpatient servicemembers, retirees or veterans at nearby health care facilities.<br>Marcy Sanchez/William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Nonprofit steps in to aid military death benefits during shutdown

Just as the group had done during the 16-day government shutdown in 2013, Fisher House Foundation said it would cover payments to Gold Star families that are cut off during the current shutdown.

Here's what we know about how the shutdown is affecting the military, DoD civilians and veterans

The potential long-term impacts are unclear, but active-duty military personnel will keep working.

Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

The U.S. Army is readying plans that could increase the total force in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000 U.S. troops this spring beyond the 14,000 already in the country, senior military officials said.

Two killed in helicopter crash during Fort Irwin training exercise

Both soldiers were assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Colorado.

Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed near the Syrian border that the Trump administration would demand that lawmakers reopen the government.