Those benefits usually include money to help a soldier’s family with expenses, a funeral with full military honors and “final pay and allowance,” the Army said in a statement.
The determination is the latest development in a death that prompted outrage from Fort Hood, her Army base in Texas, to Washington, where an investigation was opened into the handling of her case and where legislation was introduced that would change how sexual harassment complaints are investigated in the military.
A recent U.S. Army report included a detailed timeline for the day Specialist Guillen disappeared, including a text message she sent to a sergeant, the failed efforts of Army officials to contact her, and reports about when she was last seen.
The Guillen family’s lawyer, Natalie Khawam, said Wednesday that she had concerns about the report, particularly the timeline and witness interviews.
“The line-of-duty investigation has helped us learn and ask more questions to the investigators,” Ms. Khawam said in a statement.
Specialist Guillen’s family has raised allegations that before she was killed she had been sexually harassed.
The case has drawn attention from lawmakers, celebrities and public figures, and has drawn particular outrage from Latinos and women in the military.