By RU Twisted
I am seething with anger as I type this.
What kind of government actually exists if those who swore to defend it are left out in the cold?
Though the government is by no means fully shut down, it really and truly is going to affect those who actually worked hard for it and answered its call to duty.
Yup, that’s right—I’m talking about Veterans.
Don’t kid yourself, I’m not just referring to possible inaccessibility to certain care within the VA. The problem goes far beyond that.
According to the head of the VA, disability payments will grind to a screeching halt if this shutdown goes past October.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Payments totaling more than $6 billion to almost 5 million Veterans would cease. Wounded Veterans all over our country—men and women from any number of our nation’s conflicts who have damage to their bodies due to their service—would be left without their monthly income.
5 million Veterans.
This enrages me more than I can describe, and I’m sure you feel the same.
For those of you who served or are serving, you understand that the VA isn’t handing out charity. They are not a program for those who are just in need.
The VA’s sole purpose is to take care of those who served their country in a time of need.
It exists to take care of you for the sacrifices you made.
Yet Congress, in all its wisdom, doesn’t feel that you’re important. They don’t feel the service you gave was worthy of a little extra scrutiny during their little fight up on The Hill.
Think you’re mad now? Let’s take a quick look at what Congress has deemed to be still important enough to fund right now:
Their salaries: currently racing up at $177 per minute for the whole of Congress. For those of you keeping score, that’s around $2 million they’ve made since the shutdown began.
The IRS: Don’t kid yourself—they will still take your money and punish you if you don’t pay it.
Medicare & Medicaid: Yeah, a couple of the programs that are at the root of our country’s financial problems most likely won’t suffer.
Unemployment: Again, Congress felt this was more important than helping men and women who have sustained serious injuries in combat.
Higher Education: There are many educated people stating plainly that the “higher education bubble” is in fact worse than the housing bubble ever was and could cause more damage. Yet you won’t likely see funds to university gender studies departments dry up before yours do.
Welfare: Food stamps and Obama-phones take priority over wounded warriors.
This is, of course, just a partial list. There are many silly things that are set to be funded past VA benefits.
But if you’re like me, this is plenty to get your blood absolutely boiling.
This isn’t a case of bad entitlement spending that needed to be curbed.
The VA doesn’t exist for free phones and government cheese.
This is about Veterans.
The men and women who served their country and came away with scars.
Scars which often prevent those Veterans from holding down any number of jobs.
If this infuriates you even half as much as it does me, I implore you to call your Congressman to tell them how unacceptable this is. <–CLICK
Tell them that Veterans are a group that isn’t begging for entitlements or just sitting on their asses because they don’t want to work.
The VA exists for those who answered a call bigger than themselves—a call from a government that is ready to turn its back on them.
Don’t let that happen. Click on this link and call your Congressman. <-CLICK
After you’ve made that call, share this with as many people as you can. Facebook, Twitter, Email, whatever it takes.
Get the word out.