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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Veterans and residents are speaking out the impact of sequestration on North Carolina and on the US military.

Concerned Veterans for America held a town hall meeting at the VFW in Wilmington to energize the community to speak out about the sequester. The main discussion today was how federal budget cuts would affect national security.

The sequester deadline hits Friday. If leaders in Washington cannot reach a deal, big changes in federal spending are on the way.

"This is not a Democrat or Republican problem," Concerned Veterans for America Regional Director Shawn Pattison said. "It is a spending problem. It goes much deeper than an across the board cut."

With the feared budget cuts set to kick in, Concerned Veterans for America held a town meeting to energize the local conversation.

"These meetings are with the constituents," Pattison said. "The people that elect our officials who lead us in Washington. It really helps to elevate the conversation to those who make those decisions."

Concerned veterans and citizens alike came to the VFW for an open forum on sequester. Organizers say Wilmington's rich population of service men and women was the perfect location to hold the meeting.

"They are some of the best people to speak up on these issues to really contribute with their experience, and so you have that resource of knowledge and experience as well as those who feel it differently than others," Pattison said.

The community is urged to keep the conversation going by writing letters and making phone calls to their leaders in Washington.

Meanwhile in Washington, the Senate could not overcome the partisan divide today failing to approve either of two plans to help stop the sequester.

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