October 15, 2013 1:57 am -

The government shutdown is beginning to claim veterans among its victims.

Many veterans said they depend on that money to pay for basic things, such as rent and food.

Disabled veteran Patricia Black said the government they served is now letting them down.

“To have it taken away is just unfathomable,” said Black.

Black signed up to serve her country in the Air Force. For four years, she was a surgical technician until a medical condition forced her to leave.

It didn’t take long for the VA to start giving her lifetime monthly disability payments, but now they’re gone.