VA benefits in peril if government shuts down

VA benefits in peril if government shuts down
The VA's "Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown" outlines services that will and will not be impacted by a potential government shutdown. (VA photo)

In a statement issued Sept. 28, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) warned that funding for veterans benefits "will run out by late October" if the federal government shuts down. "At that point, VA will be unable to make any payments."

While claims processors at the Veterans Benefits Administration would continue working after a shutdown, funding for any benefits that might be awarded to America’s veterans would soon dry up, VA warned.

"Congress has an obligation to put veterans ahead of politics," said American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger. "The fact that funding for VA benefits could disappear in a month ought to be incentive enough for our elected leaders to achieve a solution."

According to the VA statement, "The Administration strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur. There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the Administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical Government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full-year 2014 appropriations."

And according to VA’s "Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown," other services would be impacted by a potential lapse in appropriations, including:

  • No decisions on claims appeals or motions will be issued by the Board of Veterans Appeals.
  • The recruiting and hiring of veteran job applicants will cease.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Education counseling will be limited.
  • Interments at VA national cemeteries will be conducted on a modified rate.
  • The VA secretary’s correspondence with veterans and veterans service organizations will be suspended.

"Our federal government must never put veterans in this kind of position," Dellinger said. "It is imperative that Congress understands that The American Legion strongly objects to the cessation of any VA benefits or services that put our country’s veterans and loved ones at risk."

 

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hrich39

October 13, 2013 - 10:33pm

It is time we call them for what they are "Donkeycrats" as they are always making an ASS of themselves. The worst idea, obamacare, caused all of this problem and it should be done away with so we can get on with business. There are too many "give away" programs today and many of them when cancelled can solve many problems and stop send money overseas.... let them stand on their own two feet. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

pappy7

October 8, 2013 - 7:28pm

The so called Tea Party started all this bull by refusing to pass a budget over a health which has been ratified and even survived a challenge in the supreme court. Congress works for us, lets find a way to cut there checks and benefits.

Promacta

October 10, 2013 - 10:38am

Absolutely, No one in congress should be receiving a paycheck at all.... How are disabled Veterans going to survive when they depend on their monthly disability checks and they are not able to work. What is wrong with this government???? I fear that there will be a revolution in this country. Maybe that is what we need to get rid of the dead wood in our government. I truly feel that this is what they want, anyhow. I think they want America to fall. And we are just letting it happen. There are no real patriots any more. It's sad.

Bobbie

October 11, 2013 - 2:49pm

This country NEEDS a revolution. It is long overdue. There are plenty of patriots, but starting a revolution with a country the size of America isn't quite as simple as it was long ago

James Mulder

October 8, 2013 - 6:33pm

Obama is the cause of this problem. He will not negotiate with anyone in the republican congress. Obama would be fired if he was running a corporation.. I think he should be impeached and put in prison.

Roland G. Frenette

October 6, 2013 - 8:05pm

The USA should be ashamed of it self! We treat our Veterans as second class citizens! We called the American Indians savages but they treated their Warriors as treasured people of their society! WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF OURSELVES!jwmjf

cmdrgary66

September 30, 2013 - 5:59pm

Every benefit and pay to all Senators, Representatives, and all other Officials comes 1st,to be cut, maybe then They will pass the right Legislation. Start at the top not the bottom. Walk a Mile in Our shoes.

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