Shutdown leaves VA missing at All the Way Home Conference in Dubuque
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The All the Way Home Conference in Dubuque Saturday brought veterans from the Tri-State area to Dubuque. The conference aims to clear up confusion about what resources are available for veterans here at home. But this year, one vital agency was missing due to the government shutdown. Jim Wagner is co-founder of The Veteran's Freedom Center in Dubuque.
"It wasn't that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs didn't want to come, but with the government shutdown they could not come," Wagner said.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of benefits and services to veterans. If the shutdown continues, veterans working with the V.A. could be impacted. Wednesday, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, about 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month. Allan Rowell was one Vietnam veteran that attended the event. He also works closely with The Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque. He said he could be impacted if the shutdown continues.
"We deal with a lot of people at the Veterans Center, and I know that if this goes on any farther and they don't get those checks, I don't know what they are going to do," Rowell said. "I really don't. Some of us can get by a while but their are some of us who just can't."
The House has passed legislation that would provide veterans disability, pension and other benefits if the shutdown is prolonged. Along with the All the Way Home Conference, a veterans parade was also held Saturday morning in downtown Dubuque. The All Military parade salutes Vietnam veterans from the Tri-State area. But, the parade was open all those serving in the military.
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