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Shutdown Hurting QCA Vets


It was a law created in 2008 to help veterans get an education.

But now - some of that funding may be going away due to the shut down.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides money for current serving and veterans of the military to get a college degree.

It can help pay for tuition - as well as books and living expenses for up to three years of study.

But checks my not be cut for these because of the shut down.

"I work three jobs now because I'm concerned about not having the extra income to support my family," says QCA vet Kristen McCutcheon.

She is a mother.

But she's also a students - trying to find her next career after serving three years in the army.

And because of her service - Kristen receives financial help for her schooling and living expenses through the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

"It's very important money to us. The $900 a month goes to food and rent and one of our utility bills."

But according to the Veterans Affairs counselor at her school - that money could be going away in November - due to the shutdown.

"It's really frustrating to know that we did all of these things for our country and we're not getting taken of," McCutcheon explains.

And she adds - she fears the worst for herself and her 2-year-old son - if the check doesn't show up.

"Our biggest expense is child care so without money to go to the other bills, child care wouldn't get paid. So I would have to quit my job and stop going to school."

Kristen says this constantly weighs on her mind, especially when she know this shutdown is causing these same problems for hundreds of other people she served with.

"It's affecting millions of people," she explains. "It's not just affecting me or my neighbor, it's affecting a lot of people who I know that are active military members and people who have been out for quite some time."

According to Veterans Affairs - over 700,000 veterans and their families benefit from the Post 9/11 bill.

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