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Wounded Warriors nervous about the future of their benefits

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Updated: 10/17/2013 8:13 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's an action that would not only affect wounded warriors across the nation but in Jacksonville, as well.

The executive team with the Wounded Warriors Project announced on Facebook that they would commit $20 million to their warriors if the government didn't come to a decision.

"Our reserves are for a rainy day, and it's pouring outside," said Wounded Warrior Dan Nevins.

Using reserve money would allow a check of about $500 to be sent out to each warrior who receives benefits.

"It wouldn't cover all their needs; some of the people live completely off government assistance due to their injuries, but it was something," said Nevins.

But Nevins says it didn't have to come to that, since the government shutdown has ended, at least for now.

But he says many of his friends are still worried this is not over.

"I'm very fortunate because I have a job that I love; I don't need benefits from VA, but it's important to know a lot of folks do. I have a lot of close friends that that is their only means of existence because they are unable to work," said Nevins.

He says he wouldn't be shocked if they helped out again, if the next deadline comes and goes without a resolution.

"I don't know exactly what they would commit to if things go sideways, but I know we are listening to the needs, so it wouldn't surprise me if we would step up again," said Nevins.

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