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Government Shutdown could effect Pittsburg State Student

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Students at Pittsburg state could soon see the effects of the government shutdown.

Veteran Chris Zandt served two tours with the United States Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Zandt, a student at Pittsburg State University, has been told he could lose benefits in the coming weeks. 

"It doesn't make you feel to good at the end of the day when you have put in that time, sweat, blood, tears everything," said Chris Zandt.  

Zandt works in the registrar's office at the university and his checks are issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington through a federal work-study program. He's now being told that check may not come. 

"It kind of sucks for me it just come up to my pay period where it's time to turn in hours to get paid," said Zandt.  

The university currently has 246 veterans receiving educational benefits, some already wanting to know the effects. 

"I think they are a little worried I probably had six people in my office asking what is it going to do should we be worried," said Veterans Certifying Official Sherry Roberts.  

Roberts is hoping the shutdown will be resolved in the next couple weeks, but if not students who receive monthly stipend checks may not. 

"This is what they pay their rent with this is how they buy their food gasoline and everything else this is their income," said Roberts.  

As the shutdown clock continues to run without an alarm it is unknown at this time if educational benefits will be available to veteran students next semester. 

"Then I can't imagine any of these students coming back," said Roberts.  

"I just will have to work harder again and find different ways to make it happened," said Zandt. 

 

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