Veterans vigil for benefits: A photo essay

If you’re a veteran, know a veteran or care about a veteran, please be sure to click the Facebook ‘Like’ button at the end of this entry.

On October 4, 2012 three veterans knocked on the front door of the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington D.C. They wanted to talk about veterans benefits.

These three men didn’t come to check on their own benefits; they were old, battered Vietnam Veterans that had received their benefits after years of toil, trouble and struggling with the red tape. They came to see what could be done about the benefits for all the service members who are in uniform or will be in uniform.

A bureaucrat met them at the door and told them, “Someone will be down to talk to you in an hour.” The veterans lit a cigarette and sat on the curb to wait.

They’re still waiting. This photo essay is the story of that wait.

Through Hurricane Sandy, Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, immature occupiers and individuals who didn’t want to give back — just take — the veterans persisted.

If you’re a veteran, know a veteran or care about veterans, please be sure to click the Facebook ‘Like’ button below and share this with your circle of friends.

There’s no reason why men and women who sacrifice for us should get less than what they’ve been promised.

2 thoughts on “Veterans vigil for benefits: A photo essay

  1. Has this page been changed recently? There was previously a solicitation to raise money for the veteran’s holding the vigil in front of the veteran’s Affairs building, but it seems to be gone. Are veteran’s still there. Thanks for all your efforts on their behalf.

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