Metro-East restaurants assists families who did not get military death benefits

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 4 at 12:18 PM

(KMOV) -- A restaurant with two locations in the Metro East says it will donate all of its profits Wednesday to the families of a Missouri soldier and four others who were killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.

Special Agent Joseph Peters, 24, of Springfield, was the first CID Agent to be killed in the war on terror. He leaves behind his wife, Ashley, and 20-month-old son, Gabriel.

He and four others died in the line of duty on Sunday.

Jefferson’s Restaurants, which has locations in Belleville and Mascoutah, said it will donate all of its profits made to the five families. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"We decided (Tuesday) as a family that all three of our Jefferson's will donate 100% of profits that we gain tomorrow, October 9, to the families of the fallen heroes. Please come in to our Belleville, IL, Mascoutah, IL or Summerville, GA store and spend as much as you can so we can mail a decent amount of money to the families," the restaurant posted on its Facebook page.

Because of the government shutdown, the families of the victims were not going to receive $100,000 usually given from the military within 36 hours to help pay for immediate needs. But the U.S. House on Wednesday voted unanimously to resume paying survivor benefits to the families of slain troops.

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