DENVER - A Navy veteran who served his country for nearly a decade says he was about to lose his VA benefits had Congress and the Senate not reached a deal.
"People think it is a game. You hear certain people talk about poll numbers, and it's about who's losing more. It's not a game in my case," Tim Vogt said.
Vogt was happy to hear a deal had been reached on Wednesday. But looking back on the last 16 days, he grew furious thinking about what could have been.
His 3-year-old daughter, Abigail, relies solely on his VA benefits. During her short life, she has already undergone six heart surgeries.
Vogt says without his benefits, medical costs would climb in to the millions.
"It impacts every part of my life," he said.
Abigail spends most of her days at KidStreet, a program that serves children in the Denver area. It's geared toward kids who have nursing needs.
Vogt says KidStreet has helped him save more than $50,000 in emergency room visits, but even with that, the fear of having to pay millions (had he lost his benefits) was unsettling.
"It puts you in a tough position because all of the decision and responsibility of whether or not your child is going to live, in Abigail's case, comes down to me," Vogt said.
Vogt is uncertain what the future holds. He hopes another shutdown doesn't happen in January.
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