Presenting a unified front, a nonpartisan coalition of 33 organizations representing veterans and members of the military spoke at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday morning to demand an end to the government shutdown.
Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff is the founder and CEO of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, which helped organize Tuesday’s rally at the National World War II Memorial. More than two weeks of a government shutdown have left many of America's 22 million war veterans looking nervously toward end of the month, when many of their benefits might run out if Congress fails to act.
Jesse and Caroline Bier understand better than most how much the partial government shutdown threatens the livelihood of military veterans. The couple from Fredericksburg, Va., are both retired Marines. Caroline Bier, who now works as a civilian analyst for the Corps, has been furloughed and without pay since the shutdown started three weeks ago. Jesse is 100% disabled from post-traumatic stress disorder he experienced during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Now his disability payments, which make up half the family's income, are in doubt.
Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the federal government shutdown is hurting America's military members and their families.
Republicans have turned the National World War II Memorial into the government shutdown’s poster child.
But there’s one big problem with their protest: Veterans streaming into Washington to see the monument don’t really face any obstacles in their visits, and many complain that they are being used for political gain.
Washington (CNN) – A military coalition including 33 of the nation’s leading veterans and uniformed services organizations on Tuesday will stage a major event in Washington to push for an end to the government shutdown.
Activists for veterans and the nation’s service members have warned the shutdown – especially as it approaches the end of its second week – has had a devastating impact on them and their families, and now they are stepping up their campaign to put political pressure to re-open the government.
Congress, the administration and the media all continue to worry about and warn of the dire consequences of the United States defaulting on its debt obligations. But this debate misses a bigger and much more important story: we have already defaulted -- on our obligation to our troops, veterans, and their families. As politicians on both sides of the aisle in Washington continue to grandstand, America continues to bleed during the shutdown.
WASHINGTON — About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.
WASHINGTON About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.
Shinseki is spelling out some of the dire consequences of a longer-term shutdown in testimony Wednesday before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
In a strong display of unity, leaders of the nation’s major veterans’ groups plan to speak out against the continuing government shutdown at an event on Tuesday at the World War II Memorial, POLITICO has learned.
Among the groups expected are the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Military Officers Association of America, according to two sources familiar with the planning.