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East Texas veterans worried about effects of shutdown

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Vietnam-era veteran David Glenn of Longview has no alternatives. He lives disability check to disability check. Vietnam-era veteran David Glenn of Longview has no alternatives. He lives disability check to disability check.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Even with today's agreement in Washington, disabled veterans in East Texas are worried about what will happen if a more permanent shutdown extension isn't reached. Many of those veterans live solely on the disability checks they get from the government.

Vietnam-era veteran David Glenn of Longview has no alternatives. He lives disability check to disability check.

"Very scared. I'm not sure when I'm going to get my next check, or how I'm going to pay my rent. I just wish they'd work things out in Washington. I blame both parties for this," he says.

Glenn suffered a stroke and can not work, and is totally dependant on his $1,000 a month in VA disability.

"I'm worried about my country. Worried about social security now, whether that's going to go through, whether they'll kick that can down the road too," Glenn says.

He's tried to call anyone who will listen.

"I've tried to call Congressman Gohmert about it. No success," he says.

One place that is seeing a lot of Glenn's type of story is at the newly formed East Texas Veterans Resource Center in Longview.

"A lot of these members are dependent on the disability checks they receive every month and if they don't get those checks, where do they have to go but here," says Veterans Resource Center worker Jay Maes.

And time is getting short. Glenn has no other options.

"I would probably have to find another place to live," he says.

"For years, our government has been dependent on our veterans, and now that our veterans are dependent on our government there's no where to turn to, places like this that are here to help," Maes says.

Glenn has his own appeal to Washington.

"Please work it out. Don't use veterans as hostages. I pray that ya'll can work it out," he says.

The Longview East Texas Veterans Resource Center is doing what they can to help any veterans in need. The center is in the 500 block of Pine Tree road in Longview, where the old Pine Tree school used to be.

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