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Erie Vets Prep for D.C. Visit Despite Shutdown

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We're nearly two weeks into the government shutdown, which has literally shut down much of Washington, D.C. including the monuments. Despite that, a group of 24 veterans form the Erie area are preparing for a trek down to the nation's capital.

"These veterans are counting on going," said Cathy Patterson of the Ladies Auxiliary at VFW Post 470. "It's history in the making and they're sort of anxious. We have a lo of Vietnam veterans, Korean War veterans going with us. They're counting on it and we're not going to disappoint them."

Both she and Sandy Benacci have prepped for months for this trip. It's been planned long before the threat of the shutdown, and has already been rescheduled once before.

They, and others from Post 470, don't want to think about the veterans being turned away at the gates.

"It's a huge thing being able to see a monument that was built for something that you went through, which is history, history that you've made," said AJ Courteau, Commander of VFW Post 470. "The veterans have made." 

"They have fought for their country, they put everything out there," said Benacci of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 470. "The least [the government] can do is to not take it out on the veterans who have dome something for their country."

The group leaves at four o'clock Saturday morning. They intend on spending the whole day touring in D.C., before stopping at Shanksville on the way back.

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