- Posted October 7, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Shutdown's Corporate Sin Against Disabled Vets
The shutdown’s immediate impact is much deeper than providing care and retirement pay to its veterans. Right now, over 700,000 disabled veterans in Voc Rehab are also feeling its full and immediate impact.
Veterans Voc Rehab has been lauded as one of the greatest benefits afforded disabled veterans returning from service→ in need of retraining in the workforce. This means, where the disability hinders finding suitable employment for the veteran to be independent and self-sufficient, Veterans Voc Rehab pays for education and/or retraining to ensure its veterans can! During this training, the veteran receives a subsistence allowance for food, utilities, and living expenses. Due to the shutdown, disabled veterans that receive Voc Rehab Education/Training have not, are not going to receive their pay, which means, like a regular job, no means to buy food, no means to pay monthly bills.
The shutdown has already taken food off the table of 700,000 voc rehab disabled vets like myself. If the government does not reopen in the next 24 hours, training and education will all but cease.
Like all military and federal employees, a shutdown tactic at the expense of Disabled Veterans in Voc Rehab is nothing more than corporate sin against America’s sons and daughters who served, suffered, and will forever bear the physical marks of fighting for Lady Liberty!
How dare you, how dare all of you play with our lives this way.