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Had our politicians lost their minds is Washington -- this.
The governor already delayed death benefits for the families of dozens of fallen soldiers.
And -- you all scream holy hell about it and then it got fixed but now it's about to get worse.
This administration is -- -- life so difficult.
For a our veterans.
I'd be embarrassed about this.
I went and in 1940 and got out quarterback.
Hardly news or events.
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-- the shutdown does not end in the coming weeks we will not.
Be able to assure delivery of 1 November checks.
To more than five point.
18 million beneficiaries.
Disability compensation pension education vocational rehabilitation unemployment benefits to be suspended.
Due to -- -- -- -- Including veterans -- 100% disabled.
Eligible children orphaned by the depth of their military veterans.
Veterans -- not these.
-- -- -- President Bush for three years -- -- -- my answer is the -- there are so many consequences.
Congress has a responsibility.
To resolve the whole.
She's a mature we'll for the government.
I plan is that temporary retirement from the US Marine Corps his also an ambassador for the armed forces foundation he joins us Nazis -- -- -- human.
All right so let's find out with the -- we've had the one problem where for nine days we didn't fund the death benefits for the families we -- and pay for the -- -- travel to.
To let pick up there -- their loved ones what else is happy with the vets.
Well if we're looking -- a shutdown of all veterans benefits on 1 November you're gonna face a major problem with individuals having financial stability.
In some markets you have upwards of 20% veterans unemployment.
You have individuals who -- so severely disabled -- their unable to work whatsoever so they need those veterans' benefits just make ends meet.
It's not like they're making a huge savings account off those basic benefits.
And so with the loss of income.
That comes from those basic compensation and pension benefits.
You're gonna have individuals who are having severe financial -- -- -- November.
And the secretary of veterans affairs then it should says -- has actually testified this is not keeping this one hit this problem hit right at -- he's put it right up there for people to say yes and yes and so -- and that's a good -- be one of the problems we have with the death that gratuity is that and nobody told us about it.
That's very true it is very well known and veterans groups like the armed forces foundation are stepping up and one getting their voice heard but to also stepping up to provide funding.
In direct assistance grants.
The bill and Beverly young financial grants that are going to be assisting the individuals who were incapable of and -- their own bills come 1 November.
-- but even afford come on November 1 about the situation where since the first of October.
There have been they've been people furloughed who process claims right yes ma'am and and a sick and there's been a consequence there.
On average since the furlough -- all VA employees began -- about a week ago.
You're facing about 14100 claims not being processed per day that's the slowdown that's already slowing down and adding -- the backlog -- -- Sorry so for an October 10 at 7141000.
Behind where -- or we ordinarily would be yesterday.
And before that how we do it -- claims -- before the enemy and we have a backlog to begin with right.
The backlog was already almost insurmountable in the concept of getting up to date in it.
Any foreseeable future that trend since the most extreme cases are waiting up to two years to see their basic disability benefits being paid out.
And such insane -- -- with his you know you all volunteered and you know what we ask you to help.
You're right there for us now and come back if if you're injured and even you have a purple heart -- -- injured we say -- later.
What did you -- we can't.
What's -- reaction I mean I don't think American people -- too happy with that.
I can't imagine they are and it's evident to the support -- -- giving to organizations like the armed forces foundation that do provide that kind of financial assistance in that meantime.
You know organizations.
Such as AFS are so capable of filling that gap however that -- should not exist in the first.
This is there a sense of bitterness some men are emerging just slightly -- -- -- -- is that -- -- -- -- government generalize about all veterans people are different experience it's good to -- But it out among some do they feel abandoned.
In some extreme cases I'm sure they do again night you can't speak for all veterans but I'm sure there are many who do feel like the government has kind of turned their back and this even before the shutdown as well as backlog of claims.
-- -- -- -- Well indeed large numbers of veterans claims are being processed most of them -- coming in via paper.
Some of them that are being submitted on line still need to be vetted that it is a long process with veterans benefits where an individual has to go through medical valuations.
Through the Department of Veterans Affairs -- veterans benefits administration and -- to.
Looks through the VA schedule -- disabilities and determine that yes this individual does meet the qualifications for specific percentage.
Brian thank you hope that changes thank you thank you.
It took you know the American people speaking -- to get congress and President Obama to restore death benefits to military families I did it come to that.
Representative Michelle Bachmann joins -- nice to see if you Greta are at October 1 as a -- but it really did think the American people to raise holy hell that -- that these death benefits weren't.
Well that's right and we thought that it was all taken care of and then we found out from the Obama administration they said they had no legal authority to pay out the benefits so we immediately put a bill on the -- floor we were told it was going to be vetoed by Harry Reid we couldn't believe it.
But we put it on the floor anyway we have passed veterans' benefits in the house we've also pass this specific death Bennett that.
Guarantee as well because I think that the in your last interview with Ryan I think it's very key.
People were extremely upset when we left our soldiers on the field and -- Ghazi.
Now we're looking at leaving the remains of soldiers literally on the field overseas.
We can't -- our disabled veterans without their benefits here and the homeland that can't be done.
That's why we passed the legislation.
It's got to be signed and it has to be implement you know we're treated all the vaccine before October 1 as the second class citizens -- -- -- we'll -- -- later yet when we asked them.
To help us to you know to go over and fight.
They treat us like first class citizens -- stepped up and did I mention it's just it's a -- that's opponent to me the way we treat them it's beautifully stated the way that you get at that that you said that we need.
The American people are treated -- first class citizens and IIII.
Yes and we are treating them similarly situated this isn't a -- that we weren't familiar west there's that it's.
-- just terrific how old fashioned the bet that benefit system is an MBA they still use paper.
To process these claims as opposed to putting it online dealing -- with the digitally this system.
But I think feel thinks it did a maniac and a -- Sacramento's sensor problem and it should be a priority you know when we mobilized them because of some you know on 9/11 or something -- when we mobilize and -- what this is a -- threat -- this is -- eleven for them this is their whole lives is their home is their -- it's -- -- for -- and -- -- like later.
That is what's unconscionable that's why we passed the bill in the house some veterans benefits -- pass the bill on the house.
I'm dealing with their actual remains and also to help the families of these disabled veteran goalie Osgood kept -- -- fast track but we also today but even before I mean actually in some ways is is this is good for them because it puts a spotlight and the fact that even before the shut down October 1.
They had this incredible backlog of of -- -- Against the government and that -- government's not here in the when asked why -- suffering of the veterans have gone through.
That's suffering I believe is going to help subsequent benefits because this is unconscionable.
Now the American people are paying attention.
They won't stand for us not being as giving and kind and generous.
As our veterans deserve an up and -- my hat goes off but to the American people who are so upset when they heard about the death benefits in the family -- -- -- -- remains.
Because they they've they really did raise hell with emails and calls and everything else.
And it got -- it's not political it's personal.
And it's also the decent thing to that -- and patriotic unity that's.
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