Dozens gathered outside of Fort Carson in Colorado Springs on Thursday to protest the government shutdown.
Retired veterans and furloughed workers are pushing Congress to pass a budget so they can get back to work.
Organizers say they are upset about the number of essential Veterans Affairs employees who are currently required to work without pay, and those who are locked out.
Protesters held signs that said “Fight the Furlough” and “Shut Down the Shutdown.”
This uncertain time are concerning even those federal workers who aren't furloughed yet.
“They’re not telling us much about how much longer we will be getting paid or if we will be getting paid at all...I could be working today for free,” said Tracy School, a single mother who is concerned that her position may be furloughed.
Many at the rally told 11 News that the shutdown is like salt in the wound after many federal employees were already furloughed for several days over the summer.
The American Federation for Government Employees also held several other rallies across the state in support of those affected by the shutdown.
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