The family of Glen Doherty, a CIA contractor killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack, will receive nearly half a million dollars from the spy agency under a newly-revealed program to provide “enhanced death benefits” to those working with the Agency who were killed in the line of duty since the early 1980s, according to the Doherty family and U.S. officials.
Doherty, a former Navy SEAL, was among the four Americans killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. Doherty had life insurance, but friends and family said he didn’t realize it only covered a spouse and children — neither of which he had. The family has been pressuring the government to expand Doherty’s benefits, and has gained support from members of Congress, who introduced legislation designed to ensure they receive financial benefits.
Instead, the CIA said today it would unilaterally provide “enhanced death benefits” for employees and contractors “killed overseas in the performance of duty and as a result of acts of terrorism” going back to the Beirut bombing in 1983. The benefits include a life insurance payout up to $400,000, additional salary-based funds and educational assistance.
In addition to the Dohertys, “dozens of families” will now receive the new benefits, according to K&L Gates, a law firm that represents the Doherty family. Tyrone Woods, a fellow CIA contractor and former SEAL who was killed alongside Doherty in Benghazi, had a wife and child. They would have been eligible for death benefits, but the new program will provide additional financial assistance.
Kate Quigley, Doherty’s sister, said the family was “thrilled” when they got the call from the CIA on Monday – not just because of what it means for their family, but for the families of all the others who will be helped through the program.
“We will never forget the sacrifice Glen Doherty made defending our nation, and this benefit for the Doherty family honors that courage and service,” Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said in a written statement. “It is only right that the Doherty family and all the families who’ve lost loved ones oversees are fully compensated and honored for their heroism… I thank the CIA for honoring Glen Doherty, who served our nation so bravely, with the benefits that his family deserves.”
I certainly agree with you on that comment, Sen. Markey, …”we will never forget the sacrifices Doherty”…Ambassador Stevens, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith…”made defending our nation”. Too bad Rep. Trey Gowdy and the FBI can’t agree on terms with the real culprits – Hillary Clinton and Obama.
God Bless Our Troops!