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Veterans and their family members gathered Sunday morning at Veterans Memorial Park in north Rockdale to share their views on the federal government shutdown and, in particular, how it has affected veterans. Shown here, left to right, are Janice Talian, who served in the Marines for eight years; Vada Timberlake, whose brother was killed in Korea; and Logan Sligh, 8, with his grandfather Gary Timberlake, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. Vada Timberlake said she was especially concerned about death benefits that had been withheld from the families of those killed while in service. (Special Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith)

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Veterans share strong views at Rockdale rally

As the partial federal government shutdown dragged on, about 100 area veterans, family members and supporters gathered Sunday morning at Veterans Memorial Park in Rockdale County for a peaceful rally against the closing of war memorials in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

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