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Veterans Rally To Call For End To Government Shutdown

Representatives from 33 leading veterans and uniformed service organizations rallied at the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning.
Armando Trull
Representatives from 33 leading veterans and uniformed service organizations rallied at the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning.

The arches of the World War II Memorial served as a backdrop, as an umbrella coalition representing 5.5 million veterans says furloughs are hurting the men and women who fought and bled for our country, as well as their survivors.

Paul Reickhoff, founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, says the groups' demands are simple.

"Honor our service, honor the service of those who served in World War II and end the shutdown," Reickhoff said. "No more screwing around — we did our job, you do your job."

The groups gathered on Tuesday morning to call for an end to the government shutdown. They say it is compromising services for veterans, GI Bill benefits and  survivors benefits for military families.

"There was a promise made: you defend our country, we'll take care of you. They're failing on that promise," said Paul Kelly with Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Reserve Officers Associated also say the shutdown has affected troop readiness. National Guard and Reserve monthly training has been cancelled, which could have a negative effect on national security.

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