The military coalition rally to end the government shutdown is scheduled to take place on Tuesday October 15, 2013 from 9:45 a.m. until 11 a.m., originating at the National World War II memorial.
The military coalition (TMC) is made up of 33 organizations representing over 5.5 million members which work to protect and represent the interests of their military members. Some of the organizations that make up the coalition are AMVETS, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Wounded Warrior Project and
The Military Coalition believes that there is strength in numbers and by working as a united front, their organization has been able to preserve earned military benefits, but now this organization sees veterans not getting their due.
TMC would like to tell
Since the shutdown began on October 1, five American servicemen were killed in action in
National Guard drills have been cancelled in many states, affecting readiness as well as their pay and veterans who receive disability and GI Bill benefits as well as family members who receive survivor benefits do not know if they will get their next check.
The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeing the backlog of disability claims continuing to grow. A third of the Veteran Benefit Administration has been furloughed thus far, and if the shutdown continues a few more weeks into the end of October, most of the remaining employees at the VA will be furloughed bringing the claims processing to a stop.
Bills funding some of the most unpopular parts of the government shutdown including Veteran Affairs have not received enough votes to pass with the Democrats remaining mostly united arguing against GOP “cherry picking” government funding.
The Military Coalition Unites to End the Government Shutdown is using Eventbrite.com to notify people of the event this Tuesday. Eventbrite does not display the numbers who have committed to attend.
There is frustration and uncertainty among the military community.
On Sunday, thousands of protestors converged on the World War II memorial in
There were times during Sunday’s protest when the irritation with the federal government was blatantly clear, such as when barriers blocking off the war memorials were carried to the White House and the protest continued along the fence of the White House.
Veterans and their survivors are not wealthy. They receive benefits to compensate for the lower income that they receive. They have already had to deal with empty shelves at the commissaries and post exchanges as a direct result of the shutdown. The availability of medical care has been reduced as well.
Any reduction in pay will be devastating to many of the veterans who are already struggling with the other reductions they are facing.
The Military Coalition is hoping for a display on Tuesday morning that will get the attention of the lawmakers and send a clear message, veterans need the shutdown to end now.
Anyone is welcome to join the Military Coalition in their protest on Tuesday as well as sign the online petition in a show of support.
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