Down at American Legion Post 19 in Yuma, tension over the government shutdown is turning into frustration for veterans.
“This is ridiculous, it angers me," says Aaron Taez, an Iraq War veteran who just came home in June.
As a specialist in the Army National Guard, he is meant to receive a government check once a month for his part in monthly training exercises.
But the government shutdown has put those exercises on hold, and now, so is his family’s education.
"I just recently transferred benefits to my wife so that she could go to school, but those benefits are through the military. I was planning on going back to as well, but there’s no point in going if I have no way to pay for it."
Carlos Renepina is a former marine and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He's surprised that veterans are having such a difficult time receiving benefits after serving their country.
"It's very disrespectful to the veterans that have worked so hard, and done their part," he says.
Retired veterans are feeling the effects as well.
"They keep saying they are going to shut down more and more, when is it going to end?" asks Dale Hiller, a retired Marine Corps veteran who was part of three tours during the Vietnam War.
He says he will always be proud to be an American, but believes the government needs to continue providing benefits to those who have put themselves in harm’s way to defend the United States.
“Everybody (veterans) deserve what they have been promised,” he says. “We need those benefits to survive, and shutting down the government does not do anything to help us survive.”