My name is Thaddeus. I am an Army Veteran who served four years and deployed to Iraq twice. I started using my GI Bill benefits this past spring. I receive a housing allowance on or around the first of the month, along with practically every other veteran or government worker - in a sense that almost everyone gets paid on the first of the month or so. When news of the government shutdown broke out many veterans inquired as to whether they would continue receiving benefits, and for how long. Almost all sources, such as gibill.va.gov and its' Facebook page, stated that payments would continue normally until sometime in late October - when we hit the debt limit. However, myself and many, many other veterans have yet to receive our benefits. The kicker is that there's no one to call. They sent them all home. You can call the hotline(1800GIBILL1), but it only tells you when your last payment was processed - not when it will actually get processed. Myself and many other veterans depend on the housing allowance to pay our bills. I feel as though a 'fast one' has been pulled on us. The government is like,''HA! We stopped paying them and they can't call anyone to figure out why!'' This is just the tip of the iceberg here. What about disabled veterans? What about their families? I'm single, but I cringe when I think of one of my disabled buddies and their family not receiving their benefits - and having no one to contact to sort it all out. This is truly an injustice, and if it continues it will ripple throughout our economy on a massive scale.
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