“Many services that military families count on daily are suspended,” the coalition said in its statement. “Veterans make up 27 percent of the federal workforce and don’t know when they will get to go back to work.”
The World War II Memorial has emerged as a favorite protest site from the start of the two-week-old shutdown, when barriers closing the site were pushed aside to allow visiting World War II veterans to see the memorial. On Sunday, hundreds of veterans tore down barricades from memorials and monuments and piled them in front of the White House.
Volunteers from Team Rubicon, a veteran support organization, spent Sunday cleaning up trash left uncollected owing to the shutdown.