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Veterans Worried About Benefits Amid Government Shutdown

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Area military families at Jackson's VFW fear their veteran benefits will be delayed or end if the government shutdown does not end by the end of the month.

For many of them, the benefits are their only earnings.

"I wish they would put their big boy pants on and become an adult and do what they were elected to do instead of bickering back and forth like a bunch of babies," SP/5 Tom Turner said, U.S. Army. " Our veteran's benefits are going to be in jeopardy if it lasts any longer."

"We're talking about millions of people in this country that have sacrificed and given above and beyond," said Sgt. Douglas Hall, First Cav. Div. U.S. ARMY. "It's a slap in the face for what we've done."

"Without them there's no food, no house payment that's it," Cpl. Leonard Swann said, 3rd Marines. "I hope they can call all of our people that we owe money to and explain to them."

"We constantly watch the news everyday to see if there's any change if anybody has come to their senses," Vietnam Veteran John Flowers said.

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce, Tennessee's veteran population is more than one and half million.