Millions Of Veterans May Not Get Disability Checks 10/11/13
CBS 7 News
October 11, 2013
BIG SPRING-Come November 1st veterans on disability could be the next to feel the impact of the government shutdown.
Many local veterans we spoke with today say the thought of not receiving their disability check next month causes them to have fear and anxiety everyday.
"I had a gentlemen come up to me this morning and said you realize Iím going to be kicked out on the streets and be homeless if that check doesnít come,Ē said Big Spring VA Hosptial Community Relations Coordinator Iva Jo Hanslik.
Hanslik says she feels the veteransí pain; many are financially dependent on disability benefits that they earned from years of service.
"I feel disgusted, I really do I mean of all the different places and programs and different areas they could cut money and take away from they pick veterans and veterans family members. Itís disgusting, it really is," said John Foster, a Veteran on disability.
Foster is one of the millions of veterans at risk of not being paid. He says the thought of not being able to support his family is beyond stressful.
Many want to know exactly how this could happen; it turns out that the employees who process the checks were among 800,000 furloughed workers.
Until congress and President Obama reach an agreement, these veterans continue to wonder what the coming months will bring.
"I canít help but think that everything will be resolved at the end of the month but today sure looks grim," said Henslik.