KENNEWICK, WA - The government remains shutdown and NBC Right Now is digging deeper into how it is impacting our area.
There are almost 5,000 soldiers currently transitioning from active duty in the state of Washington, looking for jobs to return to civilian life. Veteran services are limited right now as we learned last week during a press conference held by Governor Jay Inslee.
In Kennewick a march was held at Columbia Park Sunday to show local support for soldiers and veterans. People from the area, most of them being veterans, came to the regional veterans memorial to join in on a national movement; showing that there are just certain things you can not take away from the people who have served our nation.
"You can take away our memorials but you're not going to take away the voices of the veterans and Americans," explained event organizer Kelsey France.
They marched from the memorial through Columbia Park; some in uniform and some on the shoulders of people in uniform, waving flags and all showing you ca not keep the vets from the memorials. After watching veterans in Washington D.C. literally tearing down barriers to see the World War II memorial, a national movement sparked. Here in our region people wanted to show soldiers and veterans that they are supported.
"If there's one group of people in this country that this country owes it to take care of it's our veterans and especially our disabled veterans," said Kenneth Taylor, a U.S. Army veteran. One of those soldiers being his son; Sean Taylor is an active soldier in the U.S. Army and he deals with a heart problem he encountered overseas in Afghanistan.
"I was medevaced to Germany where they put in a heart monitor," said Sean Taylor.
Taylor receives a check from the U.S. government to help him and his family. He needs to drive to Portland often for checkups. Recently he received a letter from Veterans of Foreign Wars stating that he might not be getting that check he needs if the shutdown continues.
"There are so many people that that's their main source of income," said Taylor. "They depend on that. Thats how they take care of themselves as well as their loved ones that they may have to support and they've earned it through their sacrifices."