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Veterans' concerns grow over government shutdown
Monroe County, N.Y.-- If the government does not reopen in the next three weeks, veteran benefits will be cut. Six billion dollars of disability compensation and pension payments will be halted at the end of the month, cutting funds to five million veterans and their families.
To touch the veterans benefits, its a slap in the face, said disabled veteran, Kirk Reynolds. After 20 years of service, Reynolds said it feels like the government has turned its back on him. Thats unfair to not only me but my fellow veterans and anyone else that has served for us, Reynolds said.
If the government does not reopen in the next three weeks, Reynolds said he would lose his disability and pension payments, money he relies on.
Thats what we counted on, Reynolds said, thats what we base our living on and when that doesnt come through there are going to be a lot of problems.
Many disabled and retired veterans rely on that money from the government. Reynolds said, People are worried about not being able to maintain bills or home or have the income coming in that they need to survive.
64-year-old Ray McCormick served in his country for 24 years, in both the Army and the Air Force. I gave them a blank check with my body so they could do whatever they wanted with me, said McCormick. Now, McCormick said the government is backing out of the deal it made with service men and women. It very unfair, I earned it. I signed a contract that if I retired in 20 years Id have a pension for life.
Without his pension check, McCormick said he wont be able to pay his mortgage. McCormick said, The government has abandoned me; they couldnt care less about veterans.
Local veterans said if the government does not reopen, lawmakers would be breaking the militarys number one rule. Theyre leaving us behind when you know, you never leave anyone behind, Reynolds said, and right now theyre not looking to hold up their end of their deal.