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Local Veterans Protest Federal Government Shutdown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A group of people rallied outside the federal building in downtown Nashville for veterans' rights.

The rally was put together by a group called Organizing for America. The group claimed to be non-partisan, but many former Tennessee former Democratic party leaders were in attendance. 

The group said they were upset specifically with House Republicans for keeping the government shut down and delaying many veteran benefits.

One Afghanistan veteran from Fort Campbell at the rally said it took 16 month for his claim under normal circumstances dealing with the Department of Veteran Affairs. With the shutdown, he feared claims could take up to 2 years.

Congressman Marsha Blackburn said the group was forgetting that just last night, Democrats denied a new bill to reinstate veterans' services.

"Last night there were 164 democrats that voted against this. They voted against the veterans funding," she said.

The group was also update the Affordable Care Act keeps getting pulled into the shutdown debate.

Congressman Blackburn said she was hopeful a new bill to reinstate veteran benefits would pass Wednesday night.

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