KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As each day passes, the government shutdown is affecting more and more people.
Veterans and their families rely on benefit payments for their monthly expenses. The Veterans of Foreign Wars worry that the longer the shutdown continues, the more the backlog builds.
"I think sense,‘s-e-n-s-e’ not ‘c-e-n-t-s’ is in short supply in Washington, D.C.," John Hamilton, VFW Adjutant General said.
As he served up those strong words, he agrees with veterans who tell him they’re disgusted with the party politics.
"Taking care of America's heroes shouldn't be a matter of whether you are a Democrat of Republican. It's the right thing to do," he said.
The shutdown furloughed the workers needed to keep up the new disability benefit claims coming in daily—a system already backed up to almost two million claims.
"If we're going to furlough these people and we've agreed we are going to pay them later, why don't they just come to work?" he said.
Jason Buckley spent six years in the Navy. He, like many veterans, is unsure of who to believe.
"We're told so many things we don't know that's the truth," Buckley said.
Buckley started a new job two weeks ago. He's also a full-time student and the housing allowance he receives is in limbo.
"If I wasn't working now and getting a paycheck that would be my only source to pay for my rent," he said.
The VFW is helping families of soldiers recently killed in combat. They will provide financial assistance to any families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty since the shutdown began.
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