Gov. Shutdown is now going to hurt our veterans..

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

October 3rd the House passed Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act (H.J.Res.72), its been stuck in the Senate since. Email and tweet your Legislative members. 

Post # 4
Member
238 posts
Helper bee

It’s federal $… They haven’t agreed on a budget yet. No budget = no spending. Sadly, this falls on those that actually need the income. 

This is what happens when Congress members act like bratty children 🙁

Post # 5
Member
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

All 800,000 people who were furloughed are not in DC – they are nation wide.  They fall under the Department of Defense so the news has made it sound like they are all in DC, but they aren’t.  I am a disabled vet and am counting my blessing every day that my family and I have other means of income right now.  Will it be super tight for awhile?  Heck yes. Am I blessed to have food in the pantry and my bills paid?  Thank the Good Lord, yes I am.

For many of our disabled vets their monthly check is their sole source of income.  These are the ones I am most concerned about right now.  They live very meagerly, check to check and we are trying to be vigilant in noticing who we might be able to help while Congress continues this debacle.  Be mindful in your neighborhoods and communities – someone may need help badly and soon if this isn’t taken care of.

Post # 6
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hermom:  Thank You for your service.

If anyone knows a Vet in need, the Fischer Foundation has a fund for emergency needs. I’ve worked with them many times in the past, they are very helpful and they don’t make the process complicated. They do take donations if anyone would like to help. They also take goods donations for convalescing soldiers, if anyone is looking for a holiday project. You can contact any Fischer House for a local needs list.

Post # 7
Member
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

@tksjewelry:  Thanks.

Wonderful suggestion about Fischer House.  They are beyond wonderful.  My husband and I are great admirers and after they stepped up for our families who lost their Soldiers a couple of weeks ago we are considering becoming donors…..as soon as congress gets their stuff together.

Post # 8
Hostess
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@tksjewelry:  This.

The House has passed bills that would fund veteran’s care and the national parks among other things. The Senate doesn’t want to pass them because they don’t want to lesson the impact of the shutdown in an effort to push the House into negotiation. I agree it needs to stop. I would contact your elected Congress members. 

Post # 9
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hermom:  They truly are more than wonderful. We stayed there when my brother was brought home from theater with cancer. As you know but many bees may not, when a soldier is injured, all their stuff stays with their unit. When they get into country they have nothing with them. Fischer House gives them boxes with things like deodorant, soap, toothpaste, t-shirts, cards, movies, just anything they will need or want to get them through the first few weeks. Also regularly used are gift cards for the families staying in the house. Several times a week they try to plan outings for the families and they use the gift cards for those or give them to the families for their own outings. Also, local shopping gift cards. The families are there staying away from home for great lengths of time. Things like cloths and toys for kids, laundry soap, and car rentals are always needed. I just can’t even say enough wonderful things about the things they do. 7 years later and my brother stays in contact with the director in SA and twice a year all the local groups we belong to do good collections for the SA house needs. 

Post # 11
Member
11734 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is a mess.  However, that 800,000 number is inaccuate now, as the Pentagon has recalled nearly 400,000 civilians and contractors.  I think the latest estimates are like 200,000 – 300,000 that are currently furloughed (still insanely high, I know). 

 

Post # 12
Member
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

@tksjewelry:  thanks for the awesome shout out for Fischer House.  We will definitely be supporting them!  It was nice to hear from someone who experienced their kindness and generosity.  My best to you and your brother!

Post # 13
Member
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My DH is a disabled veteran (40%), but we both work and will be able to make it through without his VA check if it doesn’t come in November. I can’t imagine how stressful this is for families for whom this is their sole (or main) source of income. I really hope they sort this mess out. It is ridiculous.

Post # 14
Member
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

My father is a disabled vet and he gets a small amount but I’m more concerned about his Social Security payment if the government defaults. FI and I were both furloughed (we’re non DOD), we’re getting married in 75 days and I’m about to wig out. I thank God that we downsized our wedding in July before all of this happened and decided to elope to Vegas, we are struggling right now due to the government shutdown.

 

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