Watch Mr. Augustine’s speech at http://youtu.be/ynJhOHXXIBk.
Presenting a unified front, a nonpartisan coalition including DAV and 32 other organizations representing veterans and members of the military demanded an end to the government shutdown.
The Department of Veterans Affairs warned that unless the shutdown ends soon, the department will run out of money and be unable to issue November disability and pension payments.
“For many, those payments may be the primary or only source of income,” Mr. Augustine noted. Many service-connected injured and ill veterans depend on VA compensation to cover mortgages, rents, utilities, transportation and even food.