A Columbia-based not-for-profit group supporting military families collected $40,000 during the past 24 hours.
Members of Marine Parents started their campaign to help pay for military death benefits that are no longer available from the federal government because of the shutdown.
Founder Tracy Della Vecchia signed 2 checks today to help families in Missouri and Wisconsin.
Campaign organizers said American heroes deserve a decent burial.
Della Vecchia said, â??These families are promised that if anything happens to their son or daughter that they will be taken care of financially to bury them in a respectful way. The fact that none of that is coming through is just heartbreaking.â??
When the federal government is not experiencing a shutdown, survivors of a fallen soldier get a tax-free check worth $100,000.