MARQUETTE - A group of veterans and supporters gathered outside the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans this morning, gathering awareness for what they're calling an $11 billion cut in funding to veterans in the proposed House Republican budget.
"There's so many other programs the government has implemented over the years, they don't need to pull away from people that have fought so hard to keep this country free," said Ted Martin, who is retired from the Coast Guard. "Look at my friend Derek (Gagne). Blown up in Iraq. He lost his leg, nose, chin, eye, and they're gong to take money away from that? That's just wrong. He deserves everything they give him and more."
Gagne was severely injured when a roadside bomb hit is convoy while he was serving as a Specialist in the Army in Iraq.
Coast Guard veteran Ted Martin holds an American flag as he stands with a group gathered outside the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans to raise awareness on a bill they say will cut $11 billion from the Veterans Administration office. The group called on Representative Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, to vote no on the Republican budget up for a vote Thursday. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
The group called on Representative Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, to vote no on the Republican budget up for a vote Thursday.
Marquette County Republican Party Chair Dan Adamini said the GOP-backed budget calls for no cuts to veterans. He encouraged people to visit budget.house.gov to get a better look at the Republican budget plan.
"Too many people get upset by what someone tells them is in the bill without looking at the bill itself," Adamini said. "I would encourage people to get the facts right to understand they should or shouldn't be upset."
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