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(Dallas Tx). On Tuesday morning as Texas Union Veteran Sam Tijerina drove from Pasadena Tx to Dallas he had a lot on this mind.

After coming home from the Army, Union Veteran Council Executive Director Will Attig struggled to find his place. “I came home without a job, a degree, or a future”, Attig said.

32 days and counting 

For those not affected by the Government shutdown it may seem like a distant battle being fought in Washington D.C., Though, for the millions of workers who are feeling the effects it is a crisis that is playing out in homes, on job sites and whittling away at the bank accounts of families all across this country. Imagine being forced to go to work every day without getting paid for the job you’re doing. Imagine having to choose between putting gas in your car so you can make it to work or putting food on the table for your family.

VA Secretary Wilkie should be ashamed for attacking veteran, AFGE leaders say

WASHINGTON – Leaders with the American Federation of Government Employees are calling out Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie for disparaging a disabled combat veteran who shared his firsthand accounts of veterans who are suffering extreme financial hardships under this unprecedented government shutdown.

Statement from AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig on Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie criticizing the notion that the ongoing partial government shutdown may lead to suicides among veterans:

The Union Veterans Council is astonished by VA Secretary Wilke’s statement that goes against supporting data, research studies and the majority of mental health experts specializing in veterans health. This is an outrageous attempt to distract from the very serious crisis that tens of thousands of veterans have been hurled into with no end in sight.

The National Union Veterans Council is calling on all local Union Veterans and supporters to stand side-by-side with the nearly quarter of a million veterans that work for the federal government and are currently furloughed or working without pay.

Financial Instability Is Major Cause of Veterans’ Suicides

Statement from AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig on the government shutdown:

It is disgraceful that an estimated 248,400 veterans across the country are not receiving paychecks because of dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Our veterans who continue to serve by protecting our borders, guarding prisoners and stopping terrorist attacks at airports do not deserve to be used as political pawns. 

The holiday season is upon us and we are once again reaching out to our members with a call to action. The Union Veterans Council is excited to announce that we’re piloting a Holiday Community Outreach Program. Many of our nation’s veterans are living in extended care, state-run, VA retirement homes and facilities, many of them in your communities(Click HERE to find a location in your community). Unfortunately, these veterans are often overlooked during the holiday’s.

Today the Union Veterans Council (UVC), AFL-CIO, announced the launch of UVC’s Labor 2018 support program. There has never been a more vital time for working class veterans and families to make our voices heard in the halls of power.

“The Union Veterans Council has drawn a line in the sand for working class veterans and our families,” said Will Attig, Executive Director of the UVC. “We are fighting to ensure that our veterans have a say in our own economic freedom and future.”

This Labor Day, enjoy your family and but come together on Tuesday morning and stand with your brothers and sisters to fight for a future that works for all Americans.