The impact of the federal government shutdown will soon be felt by area veterans.
Beginning Nov. 1, if the ongoing budget battle hasn't been resolved the Department of Veterans Affairs won't be able to send out benefit checks to more than five million veterans and family members.
Miles Nelson is a Marine Corps veteran who served three tours in Iraq. He is now a Texas State student who has been able to pay for school thanks to money he receives through the GI bill.
But that could all go away if Congress doesn’t come to an agreement soon.
"There are a lot of us who are in trouble right now because most of us rely entirely on our benefits from the VA," Nelson said.
Texas State students came together Friday to gather signatures and urge their members of Congress to act, so those payments continue to hit their pocketbooks.
"These folks have earned their benefits, have served their country, and for Congress and the administration to deny them their benefits because of their own political issues, is just not right," Dell Kolbe with Texas State Veterans Advisory Council said.
Colton Read is another veteran who is able to go to school thanks to benefits he receives for his service to the country. He says if his payments are delayed, even for a month, he could face having to quit school.
"I've already put in so much work here at Texas State to pass my classes and it's all going to go to vain,” he said.
The Veterans Affairs Secretary also says the claims backlog jumped sharply since the government went dark. It was up about 2,000 cases in the first full week since the shutdown, after a steady six-month downward trend.