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Port Charlotte vet heading to D.C. for veterans' march

Christy Dimond

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Port Charlotte vet heading to D.C. for veterans' march

CREATED Oct. 11, 2013

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A Port Charlotte woman is taking her frustrations with the government shutdown all the way to the Capitol this weekend.  Joanne Mulvaney, US Navy veteran, is planning to take part in this weekend's "Million Vet March" in Washington, D.C.  Veterans from across the country will be protesting the closing of national war memorials. 

"I think it's a national disgrace that our congress and our president have barricaded off unmanned, open to the sky, veterans monuments," Mulvaney said.  

National memorials, usually open 365 days a year, 24/7, have been barricaded off since the start of the shutdown. 

"There's no reason for doing something like that because [the memorials] aren't manned, there's no federal staff... whywould you shut that down except out of spite?" Mulvaney said. 

Many veterans groups who've traveled to D.C. to visit war memorials have been turned away, or blocked out by barricades. Mulvaney said the memorials serve a greater purpose than most understand. 

"When we go to these monuments, it brings closure to many but it also brings a comradery that only us veterans have," Mulvaney said. 
 
While the government debates raising the national debt ceiling, Mulvaney said she's angered at the amount of money being spent overseas.
 
Fox 4 reached out to Congressmen Rooney for his statement about the closing of national memorials.  He said: 

"It’s absurd that the Obama Administration is spending more money to keep our veterans out of open air monuments and memorials than it would cost to simply leave them alone. If we’re in a shutdown and resources are limited, where are they getting the funds to hire crews to come in and put up barriers? Why are we using Park police to keep veterans out, rather than simply continue with their normal patrols? It’s shameful that the Obama Administration is denying veterans access to war memorials just so the President can score political points."

Mulvaney said she's hoping to have other local vets join her on her trip this weekend, and has room in her car for anyone who's interested in going.  To get in touch with her, call: 941-662-7114. 

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