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Veteran Can't Get Help during Government Shutdown
NEWARK (Ben Garbarek) -- A disabled veteran had her wallet stolen out of her truck and can't replace her IDs because of the ongoing government shutdown.
Robin Chesser of Newark went to the store and accidentally left her wallet in the center console of her truck. She came back the next day to find her stuff all over the front seat after someone broke in.
"It's one thing for them to get the money," Chesser said. "But now I have no ID."
She lost her driver's license, Social Security card, veteran's ID and even her birth certificate.
"It's so frustrating," she said. "At first you're like, 'I'll just go get a new one. I'll get it replaced.' Then you find out you need this to get that and that to get this and then the government is shut down and you're not going to get any of these."
She needs a Social Security card to get a new driver's license, but the federal government isn't processing any applications for social security cards during the shutdown. Chesser has no legal proof of who she is.
"It's a Catch 22," she said. "I'm stuck in the middle."
Chesser is keeping a close eye on the negotiations in Washington, waiting for when she might be able to get her life back into order. For now, there's no end in sight.
"It's not like today or tomorrow (the government will reopen)," Chesser said. "We have no idea when the government is going to come up again when these guys are going to start doing their jobs."
Chesser is also concerned there will be a backlog of people like her waiting for new IDs whenever a new budget is passed and the government reopens.