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The government shutdown is now taking aim at veterans and their families.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says payments in the compensation, pension education and vocational rehabilitation programs can continue through this month. If the government shutdown prolongs, millions of veterans might not be getting the government paycheck they earned and rely on come November .
"Shocked, confusion, disbelief," said Tim Bagley, veteran.
Bagley says he is in disbelief because about six months ago he started receiving disability checks from the VA. Now, he doesn't know if that will be the case in November.
"You know wondering about that next months pay. If it's going to be there or not. What I'm going to have to do this month to save up just in case it's not there," said Bagley.
Bagley was a specialist in the 133rd Infantry Division of the Iowa National Guard. He is now disabled after serving our country in Afghanistan.
"I suffer from PTSD and anxiety," said Bagley.
The purple heart recipient now runs an EBay business from his home and says he depends on that constant paycheck from the VA every month.
"It goes towards my bills, it goes towards food, my living. It helps out quite a bit," said Bagley.
David Autry with the DAV or Disabled American Veterans, says three point eight million people nationwide are on the VA compensation and pension roll. That's 76 billion dollars the government pays out.
"It looks like if this impasse goes on much longer it's going to be pretty dismal holiday season for a lot of folks," said Autry.
As for Bagley, he hopes a compromise in Washington will be made soon.
"I honestly think it's ridiculous. They can't run this country, then maybe someone else should try," said Bagley.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, VA medical centers, clinics, and other health services will remain open through 2014.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:41:17 GMT
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