INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The government shutdown has many who have fought for our country now saying their country isn't fighting for them.
Mary Chasteen has a full time job caring for her husband Charlie and brother-in-law Oscar.
"I'm 78. He's 89 and he's 90 you know and we don't deserve this," said Chasteen pointing to her husband and brother-in-law.
Both veterans of World War II, the Chasteen brothers know what it means to fight. But in their weaker days, it's Mary who's doing the fighting. Her enemy is the government shutdown and the looming disappearance of VA benefit and social security money.
"What they're fighting about is hurting us, you know. It's hurting the people. Why can't they do something?" said Chasteen.
Their medicines cost over $1,000 every month. Without their government money, Mary says they'll be forced into nursing homes, likely separated for the rest of their lives.
"It is inexcusable that this failure to govern has disproportionately impacted us military veterans and their families," said Daniel Dellinger, National Commander for The American Legion.
Mary isn't alone in the battle.
In front of a memorial for those who gave everything for their country, the American Legion National Commander rallies his own troops.
"It is an embarrassment to our nation. It is a cruelty to our veterans and their families," said Dellinger.
It's a sentiment shared at the Chasteen home, where all eyes are on the news.
Every day the shutdown continues, the fear of losing their family grows.
"It's not just me and Charlie and Oscar they're hurting. They're hurting everybody," said Chasteen.
Both Chasteen and the American Legion are urging everyone to contact their representatives.
It's their goal that the American people raise their voice so loud, Washington is forced to listen.
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