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WWII vet on shutdown: 'It's a disgrace'

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If the government shutdown continues, millions of veterans would go without pension and disability checks by November.  

Veterans at Kentucky's largest VFW post, Middletown VFW Post 1170, say it is shameful that the country they have fought to protect is not stepping up for them.  

Death gratuity payments for those killed in action stopped September 30 with the shutdown. They were brought back on Thursday. The VFW commander-in-chief has vowed that the organization would always stand in the gap for families, saying it is time to put duty before politics.  

World War II Marine veteran Thomas Crump and Vietnam veteran Jack Cook have lunch together at the Middletown VFW Post. Cook said he has PTSD, heart problems and Parkinson's disease as a result of serving his country and being exposed to Agent Orange. Cook said the prospect of veteran benefits being cut, is hard to stomach.  

"We depend on that check to get by and support our family," said Cook.  

Crump, 92, said the country is headed in the wrong direction and politicians in Washington have neglected to remember the sacrifice of the military.  

"It's a disgrace, it's a disgrace," said Crump. "We've better straighten America out."

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