Local veterans outraged over government shutdown

By: Alexandra Carter Email
By: Alexandra Carter Email

(GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS) -- The VA has already furloughed 7,800 employees, half of whom are veterans and now more Texoma veterans are in the cross hairs as their benefit checks are at risk in the ongoing budget battle and government shutdown.

Ray Flood served in the Vietnam War and spoke with News 12's Alexandra Carter about his disappointments with the government, " you promise young men and women..you protect my country..you give your life for your country and I will take care of mine and I will give you this..and when you stop that you're breaking your promise to me..I haven't broke mine."

Local veteran Jackie Judkins is outraged that the promise made to them by Uncle Sam could be broken," we served our country and we did our best at what we could do..and now for the government to do what is not their best..it's very sad."

The Republican-led House passed a bill last week to exempt the VA from the shutdown, but the Democratic-led Senate rejected it because of other stipulations attached to it.

Ray Flood, " I think it's pretty stupid."
Alexandra Carter: "why's that?"
Flood, " well you know it reminds me of a bunch of little kids in a school yard..can to, can not, I dare you, you dare me kinda thing."

VA North Texas Health Care, which includes The Bonham VA, says they will remain open for medical needs, but the regional VA office in Waco which handles check processing and payments for local veterans, is closed until a resolution can be reached.

Judkins says he's losing faith in his government, "angry, dissapointment..it's just a sad state of affairs the day we have to face this type of thing."

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