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Local Woman Heads to DC for Million Vet March

Hopatcong Army veteran is calling on residents to take part in Oct. 13 Million Vet March, which calls on Congress to reopen national parks and memorials.

World War II Memorial in D.C. in Patch file photo
World War II Memorial in D.C. in Patch file photo
A local woman is making the trek southward to demand the reopening of national memorials closed due to the federal government shutdown.

Laura Oostdyk is making the five-hour drive for Sunday's Million Vet March with her husband Paul. She told Patch she is hoping many people from the area will make the trip.

"I am a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1985-1990, and a Hopatcong resident," she said. "The March is open to everyone who believe our war memorials and national parks should be reopened to all."

The main march will take place at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Many more events will take place at war memorials across the nation.

"They are open air parks generally open 24/7/365," Oostdyk said, "but because of the government shutdown, they have been barricaded and guarded from allowing anyone entry, specifically, WWII wets at the WWII Memorial in D.C."

The veteran said the march and rally have nothing to do with politics or political parties and everything to do with ensuring that veterans have access to honors they have earned.

"I'm not a political person, but I'm disgusted about the government shutdown and how we Americans are the ones being hurt by all of this," she said. "There are honor flights of WWII vets being flown [and] bussed into DC to the WWII Memorial only to be told they can't go in.  Since the shutdown, there have been many people at the memorial helping these 80-90 year old vets to get through the barricades. 

"This is who the march is for, along with all others that wish to visit," she said.
tim leary October 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Why doesn't Obama give up on on obamacare since 70% of America doesn't want it.you libs are so uninformed the government is not you parent stop asking for an allowance!
tim leary October 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM
P.s I know u mean well and that doesn't make u bad people.
Eyeballs October 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM
end the military benefits now. they all get pensions and free health care for life. the military is set up as a communist/socialistic system. we don't get these goodies in the private sector... why should they? even the pay grade system is socialistic... a pay grade say... E7... all make the same. duh.. let the free market dictate... tea baggers unite... down with obamacare/medicare and the veterans administration....
Phil October 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Eyeballs, most veterans receive no military benefits. I have not seen a dime from the Navy since I departed in 1982, nor do I expect to. And FYI, both sides of the political spectrum are culpable in manufacturing this problem. The Republicans in the house passed a budget, but the Democrats in the Senate refues to consider it.
Eyeballs October 12, 2013 at 05:22 PM
closing the entire "nanny state" government would be great... we would all save a ton of cash... tired of hearing about how all vets are heroes... blah...blah... they have a job to do just like me... they get a pension, and free benefits for life... i don't... do you?

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