- Posted October 4, 2013 by
St. Pauls, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Furlough and VA Benefits?
Tell me Congressmen and Mr. President, how did you all sleep in your comfortable bed in your home or hotel last night? Well I didn't sleep well at all. See I am furloughed, a civilian employee of Ft. Bragg NC, Special Warfare Operations. I repair the weapons that protect our soldiers fighting for this country. Apparently non essential. I guess keeping our weapons repaired so we can protect our country from terrorism is not an essential function in the government. See, I have a sick wife at home and a son in college. Last year we had to face the reality that my wife could no longer work due to crippling arthritis, Fybromyalgia, Mastoiditis, allergies, depression and anxiety. This year for the second time we are dealing with furloughs. No income except my disability for serving this country tirelessly for six years until I was injured and could not longer serve. Now that is being threatened, if there is no resolution soon. Tell me how am I supposed to provide a safe, dry roof over my families head with no income coming in.
See, we do not have much in savings left because we have had so many doctor visits, surgeries, and different procedures for my wife this year. I now have been sitting here for four days trying to comfort my wife as she wonders if we will lose everything we ever worked for and panics because she is not sure if she will be able to get her medications filled that she requires on a daily basis. We are not sure if we will be able to pay for groceries in another two weeks to feed our family.
Why can't you just respond like the adults you are suppose to be and come to an agreement to fix this countries debt instead of creating a tornado of financial despair for our nations people? Oh I forgot, it does not matter to you, you get a paycheck. Can we stay in a room at your house when we lose ours? Stop being so ignorant, hardheaded and think of the lives of the American people that voted you into office. Yeah, I bet you forgot that part, We the people are starting to think about our choices and I can guarantee we will be more careful next time we vote.