Veterans and active-duty military families are joining forces to demand an end to the government shutdown that now threatens VA benefits and disability payments to more than 5 million according to testimony last week by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
The coalition of 33 veterans and military family organizations plans to gather this morning at the World War II Memorial the Washington Post reports.
“Many services that military families count on daily are suspended,” the coalition said in its statement. ”Veterans make up 27 percent of the federal workforce and don’t know when they will get to go back to work.”
The World War II Memorial has emerged as a favorite protest site from the start of the two-week-old shutdown, when barriers closing the site were pushed aside to allow visiting World War II veterans to see the memorial. On Sunday, hundreds of veterans tore down barricades from memorials and monuments and piled them in front of the White House.
Although some reports show the very elected officials who many say forced the government shutdown have appeared at the protests and are working to align themselves with veterans the military families.