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Shawnee family who lost son in September 11th attacks disagrees with Congress' veto override

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A Shawnee family impacted by the attacks spoke with KCTV5 on Wednesday shortly after President Obama's veto was overridden by the U.S. Congress. (KCTV5) A Shawnee family impacted by the attacks spoke with KCTV5 on Wednesday shortly after President Obama's veto was overridden by the U.S. Congress. (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Family members of victims of the September 11 attacks can now sue Saudi Arabia

A Shawnee family impacted by the attacks spoke with KCTV5 on Wednesday shortly after President Obama's veto was overridden by the U.S. Congress. 

Bob and Shirley Hemenway, who lost their son that day in the Pentagon, have visited the Sept. 11 memorial in Overland Park and those around the country. 

Inside the Hemenway home, you can find photos of their son, Ron, everywhere. 

Ron Hemenway, 33, was a father of two when he died at the Pentagon. A year later, his parents went to Arlington National Cemetery to see his marker. He never got an actual grave, because there was no way to identify remains as his in particular.

The Hemenways have honored their son's memory wherever they can, returning home this week from Alaska where a battle cross at his high school stands in his honor. 

On Wednesday, members of Congress overrode Obama's veto in overwhelming numbers, saying it's about the victim's families. 

However, while the Hemenways are all for holding the terrorists accountable, they worry that Congress made a mistake in the name of helping the families find justice. 

"They all had an opportunity to settle with the United States government," Bob Hemenway said. "If they go taking on Saudi Arabia as an example, we're opening up a Pandora's box for other things for our country." 

Those other things include exposing the United States to similar lawsuits in countries where US troops diplomats or businesses are as the Obama Administration warned at the onset of the vote. 

Hemenway said he rarely agrees with President Obama on anything, but on this, he said Obama is in the right. 

Another local victim's relative, who didn't want to share an opinion publicly - also shared concern - mainly about offending an ally that helps with counter-terrorism intelligence.

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