Military veterans are keeping a close eye on the government shutdown.
"It's just a mess," said Ken Moore.
More heads the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency. He says if the shutdown drags on, veteran compensation and pension payments could be suspended.
"Might be their house payment, might be their trip to Wegmans. If you cut that off, I don't know what they're gonna do."
VA facilities will stay open, though the budget impasse has already shut down some call centers and hotlines. VA claims processing and payments will continue through the end of the month but a prolonged shutdown could cut deep for veterans.
"They get a couple hundred dollars a month from the VA, and that's in many cases the difference between eating and not eating."
Moore said his office has received numerous calls over the past few days from veterans worried about how the shutdown will affect them.
It already is having an impact. One he hopes doesn't grow worse.
"That would be heartbreaking, and I don't think the veteran deserves that."