Local US Army veteran upset with politicians over shutdown
Robinson worried about effect on earned benefits
Last Updated: 66 days ago
MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. - The government shutdown is impacting the lives of many people, including Jerry Robinson, a retired army sergeant who lives in Morgan County.
Robinson said he is mad at all of the politicians in Washington.
He saw combat in two wars, and now he says the shutdown could have a devastating effect on the benefits he earned.
Robinson said he would tell congressional leaders and the President that they need to compromise if he had a chance to talk to them face-to-face.
Robinson said they are out of touch with the rest of us.
"From the Commander in Chief, all the way down, with very few exceptions," he said.
Robinson said he spent 20 years of his army career as a light infantry soldier, including combat duty in the First Gulf War and then in Afghanistan.
He said his knees are bad, especially his right one.
"It's just due to life of being an infantry soldier for so long and actually being in the line, doing all the training we do," Robinson said.
This spring, for the first time since he retired in 2007, Robinson applied to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for an increase in his compensation. He is not sure when he will get an answer.
"Now that the government's shut down, the VA compensation portion has been furloughed and they're not in there to process claims, so now it'll be even longer," he said.
Robinson is hopeful that he and other combat veterans will get their claims processed.
He said he is also angry that the political leaders are not showing any signs of helping by continuing the standoff.
"To think I served 20 years in this nation to protect this nation and ya know, I’ve got benefits that I looked forward to having, and for them to sit up there and not negotiate with each other … because every one of them is elected by the people," Robinson said.
Robinson said another negative impact from the shutdown is closing the commissary where veterans and National Guard families do their grocery shopping.
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