Dellinger to address government shutdown

American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger will conduct a high profile press conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Oct. 4th. With the National World War II Memorial as a backdrop, the national commander will present the Legion’s views on the current partial shutdown of the federal government and how the suspension of services affects military veterans and their families.

Topics to be addressed include the current state and possible future of veterans benefits payments, how the much publicized Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits application processing backlog could be exacerbated by the government shutdown, the effects of the shutdown on VA medical facilities and the delivery of healthcare to veterans among other matters.

While at the World War II Memorial, Dellinger will be flanked by Peter Gaytan, executive director of the Legion’s Washington, D.C. office, and numerous Legionnaires. Joining them, it is hoped, will be a contingent of World War II veterans hosted by the Honor Flight Network, a national, non-profit organization that transports "Greatest Generation" soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines to Washington as a tribute to their service. Despite the government shutdown and the resultant temporary barricading of such sites as the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War memorials, veterans and their loved ones continue to visit these places of honor.

The news conference is set for 10 a.m. ET Friday, Oct. 4, at the National World War II Memorial, 17th St., SW, Washington, D.C.


  1. To: The Honorable; Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 From: Fox Verdun - a concerned war veteran: Ref: The Shutdown of the American government; Dear Mr. President; I’m a war veteran who served in the (Benghazi, Tripoli area.) I would like to know who is going to help with my bills, if my compensation from my disabilities from serving America, is taken away. The three of us in my family who depend on Federal and State Government benefits. Myself, I have had a recent leg surgery, on a leg injured in the military, this is my “third surgery” on that leg, my wife is losing her eye site in one of her eye’s and the doctor bills, just keep coming! Not to mention my son is diagnosed with Autism… His insurance bills alone could be nearly a million already from time of birth? Mr. President; How am I going to cover such costs, with my family, in my life- here in America…We both know the answer, to that, Mr. President. I just thought, I would tell you, sir… What’s sad, is my wife and I voted for you to be our President. And now will parish financially for believing in the voting process. It will ruin our lives and millions will follow. Sincerely, Fox Verdun A concerned veteran
  2. Does it really matter? The VA doesn't work when they are open. I have a claim that is 580 days old. Come on, 580 days! They are another example of fraud, waste, and abuse. Clean house and start with the Secretary of Veteran Affairs. Ridiculous.
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