CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) - 10 days into the partial government shutdown and those who serve our country are being affected.
Emergency death benefits have been halted, enraging the nation as 4 fallen U-S service members returned to Dover Air force Base over the weekend, but until a private donor stepped in their families would have been without money to bury their loved ones.
Jim McKinnon, of Jim’s Pit Stop’s and Fast Foods in Chicopee, told 22News he serves military folks daily and hearing about this incident made him upset.
"It makes me feel angry about it. It's not right them to do that for our military when they got killed overseas they deserve to be buried properly," McKinnon said.
And if no resolution is made by the end of this month, veterans’ compensation checks could stop coming November 1st.
It's not just veterans who are missing out on their compensation. The 270 furloughed employees that returned to Westover Air Reserve Base earlier this week, they’ll receive a partial paycheck tomorrow, because of their furloughed time during the shutdown.
Lt. Col James Bishop told 22News each of Westover's 55 hundred service men and woman are being affected in some way by the shutdown in some way.
Bishop said it's especially difficult to tell the reservists they're not getting paid.
"We've have to say no we can't , and they say 'well I plan on paying my rent through that work.' And we've just had to say I'm sorry," Bishop said.
Their recent duty weekend was canceled thanks to the uncertainty during the shutdown...
"They should be compensated for everything they're doing. They're protecting our country, they're setting their feet on foreign soil there should never be a day where they're not compensated for what they're doing," Jeff Roy, of South Hadley, told 22news.
Thursday afternoon, the Senate made special approval to provide death benefits to the families of fallen troops during the shutdown.