We are your average American family. I am a wife, a mother, a veteran and a student. My education is paid for by the GI Bill. My husband is a contracted employee on a government installation. All of our income comes from the government. If the government shuts down, so do we. My kids will starve and we will lose our home. We receive food stamps (funded by the Government), 2 of my children receive free lunch at school, all of my children are on Medicaid. The Government shuts down, will I be able to take my kids to the doctor when they get sick or injured? Are the Senators prepared to feed my family if they can't come to an agreement? Will my president take care of my family or pay my husband's salary out of his own? I don't understand how a group of highly educated, highly paid individuals could allow this harm to come to us? It is like they are three years old and threatening to hold their breath until they get what they want. I just don't understand this. Are they willing to come to my home and explain to me and my family why this is happening to us and to every other hard working American out there? We go around the world telling everyone how they should live their lives and run their countries but don't know how to take care of our own. Why? Can someone just please explain to me how this can happen? Mr. President, I had such high hopes for us when you were first elected. Then last year with the last potential shutdown happened, I was an active duty soldier. My pay was halted but I still had to report for duty regardless if I had the gas money to get to work. I have worked for 6 months trying to find a job and now that is even threatened. If the big boys can't learn to get along, we will be homeless and my children will starve and begin to get sick. Right now it feels like the country is attacking the veterans, the elderly, and the disabled. Why is the common man's pay halted but not the senators or congress men and women? Makes you wonder doesn't it? Please take all of your education and training and put it to good use finally. Please don't stop funding to the VA. Please reach a deal to keep this country running and my family safe. What would all of them do if it were their families or their homes at risk?
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