PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - At first glance, today looked like just another beach event with live music and folks enjoying the fun.
However, a closer look shows a deeper meaning for the people there, many of whom are veterans.
As the government shutdown approaches its third week, the ramifications are heavy on the minds of the Concerned Veterans for America, who held a rally to recruit members and spread their message.
“It’s not about political parties. It’s about uniting veterans and their voices because we feel our nation is at peril. We want to voice those issues and make sure we can get them out there.”
The group is traveling across the country as a part of the Defend Freedom Veteran’s Bus Tour, discussing the government shutdown, loss of military benefits, a backlog of owed military benefits and veterans’ concerns for the future of the country.
Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell spent years in the Army and served overseas in Iraq. He says the time question our leaders.
“We saw just this past week. We had fallen warriors families weren’t able to get benefits to go receive their loved ones. That is unacceptable. Then the government proudly waves charities like Fisher House to help but I’m sorry it’s not the solution to them taking care of veterans.”
Former Army Ranger Sean Parnell said he suffered PTSD from his 6 and a half years serving in Afghanistan. He says the shutdown is devastating those who have served…
“A month ago there were a million veterans waiting in a back log for medical treatment. I know from experience that is one of the hardest things to do is get injured serving your country and get no care.”
Parnell says the government shutdown could start slashing veterans assistance as early as November 1st.
“There’s a lot veterans that are severely wounded that use their disability to pay their bills. Those will not get that money to take care of their families if we don’t figure this out right away.”
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