Thanks to the politicians in Washing ton D. C., I will have to move from my current location and I will be unable to pay most of my bills due to the government shutdown. As a disabled veteran, I depend on VA benefits to survive and take care of my 4 year old son. Since I have been unable to find a job since retiring from the military, I have been using a VA benefit that I have earned, using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to complete my college education. So with this shutdown, not only will I not receive my Disability Pay, I will not receive the housing stipend that is supposed to be paid to me every month for attending school. While all of this is going on, these politicians are still getting paid. They do not have to worry about where their next meal will be coming from, where they will be sleeping, and how they will pay their bills. Since they continue to get paid, they have no sense of urgency to get this fixed. In the past few days, each side is starting to use veterans as pawns and it is DISGUSTING!!! And now, I will not be able to pay my bills which is going to hurt my credit rating and I have to find a way to survive. EVERYBODY in Washington D. C. is responsible for this, there are no innocent politicians. As much as they pretend to care about the American people, it is an act. I don't know what rocks these politicians came out from under, but it seems they need to go back under them and continue to hide while they continue to get paid. They definitely are not doing any good out in the real world for the people of this country. There is no reason that the government should have been shut down, these discussions should have started long ago so this would have never even come close to happening. Every year it is the same thing, they come down to the wire to pass a budget or a CRA to keep the government up and running until a final decision can be agreed upon. Our so called leadership in this country needs to step up and take care of their responsibilities for the American people. When the families of military personnel who were killed could not even collect benefits that were supposed to be guaranteed to them, that tells you how much politics rules this country. Most of these politicians have never even served in the military, they have no clue of the sacrifice it takes on a daily basis. Of those that have served, very few made a career out of serving in the military. They just don't get it!!! Thanks for ruining my life as well as the lives of many others as you continue to take your time and putting up a front of caring about the American people, especially the Veterans who served their country and now expect to receive the benefits that were promised to them. You have my email address or you can reach me on twitter: @navyvethoopster
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