Nacogdoches Co. veteran fearful of his life over shutdown

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Anthony Montgomery served his country and now he and his wife, Linda, are nervous that the government their livelihood depends on may not be there for them.

"Everything with this shutdown, we're just very nervous about him being able to get the much needed life-saving surgery that he needs," said Linda Montgomery.

Montgomery needs a triple-bypass heart surgery and he needs his VA pension to cover the cost.

"We're one of those kind of people that live on this VA pension and it's check to check," his wife said. "It takes everything we get to live on."

"This shutdown keeps going on and they keep saying we're not going to get a check and we don't get a check and they keep shutting everything else down well then we're nervous about him getting this life-saving surgery," she said.

But it's not just the surgery they're worried about. Their sole income is Anthony's pension.

"We need to have some kind of security," Linda said. "Do you know what this will do to your blood pressure when you don't have the security of being able to have food in your mouth or clothes on your back or a roof over your head?"

The Montgomerys don't have a car and have paid the rent on their home for this month but if that check doesn't come because of the shutdown, Linda says they're in trouble.

"It's a hard pill to swallow," she said. "We don't have much but we need what we have."

They're not looking for charity but just some help with the situation and a swift resolution.

"There's a lot of people, not just me and my husband but there's other veterans in the same situation," Linda said. "I'm not for one side or the other. I just want them to get it settled."

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