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    Posted October 1, 2013 by
    spcirish
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    Iron River, Michigan
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    Shutdown over: What next?

    I'll Lose Everything

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     spcirish served in Iraq in 2005. She's pictured here with her two sons, Cash and Jaxson, and one of the family's two kittens.
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    Married with two children under five years old, I've served our country in the military, deploying to Iraq. I've been injured while active duty and receive disability benefits from the VA as well as attend college through the Vocational Rehab program funded by the VA. Without this income, I will be attempting to raise my children with a part-time minimum wage job at a hardware store. Did I mention that while I was serving our country, I was sexually assaulted by a comrade? I had to go through with military trials along with a deployment.  I've been through enough. I've been trying to cope with the aftermath of a deployment and sexual assault for years and I finally felt as if there was a light at the end of the tunnel while I was studying to get a "secure" job at the VA as an MST counselor. This is pathetic. There is a chance that without my benefits from the VA that we will lose our house and I will lose my vehicle. Thank God we are a two vehicle household. I can't lose my Voc Rehab benefits or my disability without drowning. I hope that my light at the end of the tunnel isn't going to burn out, and if it does I only hope that my husband and children and I can make it.
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