Veterans rally against cuts to benefits

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Rick Allen and other men and women who have served our country listened intently Sunday as the call was made to unite against any potential cuts to veterans' benefits.

"We need to be our brother's keepers today," said one speaker.

Allen and many of the others in attendance at the USS Kidd War Memorial take comfort in knowing they stand together.

"I feel it when I have these guys around me I'm more empowered," said Allen.

Empowered and disenfranchised like Jerry Forstater who says the government stalemate is affecting those who put their lives on the line for freedom.

"They need to cut other areas not our veterans. Our veterans died for our country. Our veterans served for our country. They need to be compensated for everything they've done," said Forstater.

Organizers of the rally say there are more than 360,000 veterans in the state of Louisiana alone. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that benefits may be in jeopardy if the shutdown continues into November and that has concern growing for those who would be affected.

"Other thing is our disabled veterans, there's talk the checks won't be available the money won't be available in November so what happens?" said Janet Broussard of the Blue Star Mothers. "Those people depend on that money."

Allen says the rally is a no brainer and his way of telling the men and women in Washington DC they have the power to fix things before it's too late.

"To show the support, to show congress, senate and executive branch, hey guys y'all need to get together and resolve this thing," said Allen.

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