Wednesday October 9, 2013
If the shutdown doesn’t end soon, the Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) won’t be able to ensure that checks go out on November 1st for disabled veterans and their families.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who is at this time testifying before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, warns that the shutdown is harming veterans; and if it continues into late October disabled veterans who depend on their compensation and retirement checks to pay their bills will probably not be paid.
This would mean that these veterans would not be able to pay their rent, buy food, or pay their utility bills. A large percentage of them live a subsistence-level life from paycheck to paycheck.
This drives home the point that this shutdown has serious consequences. If our elected officials don’t get their act together, some disabled veterans, surviving spouses and dependents will have no money the first week of November to cover their living expenses.
This hits home for me because my income is from a VA service-connected disability and social security retirement. This situation is causing veterans like me a lot of stress. I can only speak for myself, but I don't need that kind of stress in my life at my age.