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VA Will Cut Off Disability Payments If Shutdown Lasts a Month
NextGov ^ | September 30, 2013 | Bob Brewin

Posted on 09/30/2013 11:37:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

If a government shutdown continues through the end of October, the Veterans Affairs Department said it will have to cut off disability and education benefits payments, which could cause financial devastation to veterans, according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Veterans Benefits Administration claims processors will continue to handle disability and education claims during a shutdown, VA said. The department employs roughly 19,000 claims processors.

“VA has excepted VBA claims processors so that it can continue to process claims and beneficiaries will continue to receive their payments,” VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said. “However, those benefits are provided through appropriated mandatory funding, and that funding will run out by late October. At that point, VA will be unable to make any payments.”

VA will only update its main Web page and hospital Facebook and Twitter feeds intermittently during a shutdown, the department said in a fact sheet. VA also said it will furlough its entire public affairs staff during a shutdown.

Call centers for disability claims will operate during the shutdown, but VA said it will close the education benefits hotline. VA will also not operate provide matriculated vets with on-campus counselors.

The 152 hospitals, 800-plus clinics and 300 vet centers operated by the Veterans Health Admninistration, funded by multi-year appropriations, will continue to operate, VA said. VHA employs roughly 250,000 people who would continue to work and draw pay during a shutdown.

A shutdown would also hit burials at cemeteries operated by the VA, which said internments would be “conducted on a modified rate.”

VFW spokesman Joe Davis said, “We have to be hopeful that Congress will reach some sort of comprise before millions of disabled veterans and survivors are financially devastated.”

American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger appealed to lawmakers. “Congress has an obligation to put veterans ahead of politics,” he said. “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.”

A shutdown was not expected to have a major effect on most of those receiving GI Bill benefits. “As best as we can tell from the statements and plans released by VA, most if not all current GI Bill recipients will see no impact to their classes or payments for benefits,” said Brian Hawthorne, a spokesman for Student Veterans of America.

“Benefits processing will continue, including educational benefits applications, processing and payments to recipients,” he said. “However, the GI Bill hotline will not be available to answer questions, VetSuccess on Campus representatives will not be available to help the student veterans who need them, and there will be only limited vocational rehabilitation counseling services available at other locations, if at all.”

Hawthorne urged “Congress to come to an agreement to keep our government open. Millions of veterans rely on many services that will be unavailable in the event of a government shut down, in and outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and these services are essential to effectively transitioning from military service, supporting a family, earning an education, or getting a job.”


TOPICS: Announcements; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; obama; shutdown; veterans

1 posted on 09/30/2013 11:37:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama and the Dems are to blame; they said so themselves out of their own mouths.


2 posted on 09/30/2013 11:48:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the longest has been 2 1/2 weeks. If so, a month is probably out of the question.


3 posted on 09/30/2013 11:50:33 PM PDT by Veggie Todd
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To: Veggie Todd

That gives us a month to write a bill that ensures continued benefits for our veterans.


4 posted on 10/01/2013 12:07:19 AM PDT by RC one
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To: RC one
Yep, keep piecemealing the spending. If dems say no to any of it, they're the bad guys. Just keep doling out everything except obamacare, extended unemployment and the loosey-goosey foodstamps to surfers program.
5 posted on 10/01/2013 12:16:44 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB

bingo.


6 posted on 10/01/2013 12:30:04 AM PDT by RC one
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Three options:

1. Vets tell the Democrats to pass the Republican bill.

2. Republicans send a stand alone bill for vets.

3. Don’t pass anything, and let the vets decide who to punish.


7 posted on 10/01/2013 2:15:32 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Veggie Todd

21 days


8 posted on 10/01/2013 2:15:47 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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To: Veggie Todd

Its a safe bet Obama will make sure he cuts benefits (despite still collecting all those tax dollars that are supposed to be used to pay the beneits) for anyone that he knows it will cause the most pain just to exploit it for the media just out of spite and for revenge. His deeds and methods need to be exposed to show the type of man he really is.


9 posted on 10/01/2013 2:21:54 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

My VA payment should have been in my bank acct. this morning. It was not there.


10 posted on 10/01/2013 2:52:00 AM PDT by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: TLEIBY308

> My VA payment should have been in my bank acct. this morning. It was not there.

The GOP needs to call them on this. Its a dirty tactic if its intentional. He could pay for almost all VA payments by not taking one of his 4 vacation trips a year.


11 posted on 10/01/2013 2:55:21 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When are they gonna cut off power to the White House?


12 posted on 10/01/2013 2:56:55 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: TLEIBY308

Mine was deposited (in USAA).


13 posted on 10/01/2013 2:57:23 AM PDT by OwenKellogg (Why are people dying in no gun zones?)
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To: OwenKellogg

Maybe my bank is screwed up, or maybe its cause all the nasty things I post about Obama.


14 posted on 10/01/2013 3:02:26 AM PDT by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I prefer option #2, but let’s try both one and two.


15 posted on 10/01/2013 3:12:44 AM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: TLEIBY308

In this bizzaro world, telling the truth is being nasty? Stand for the truth all the time and refer to it as only such.


16 posted on 10/01/2013 3:14:22 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m devastated. I get a disability check but make no plans to live off of it.


17 posted on 10/01/2013 3:41:50 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: glorgau

Just to be clear, I said that sarcastically ;-)


18 posted on 10/01/2013 3:42:57 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Hoodat
I just got my disability payment yesterday. Right under the wire. If I don't get my check next month I will blame POTUS and Harry Reid. Didn't even have to think about it! That was easy. :-)
19 posted on 10/01/2013 5:17:47 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: glorgau

This can’t be true! I’m gonna die in week three if the shutdown isn’t resolved. Somebody please help me? (Sarc)

I literally despise odumbo and his ilk. As a disabled vet myself, I will certainly NOT die or loose a lot of sleep over my disability check, other disabled veteran’s with major problems much more severe than mine, who count on those checks will certainly suffer and it is possible, some may pass on.

Why can’t Congress shutdown ODUMBO? His numerous vacations, golf outings and plain wasting of OUR MONEY could go to those who NEED the money and it certainly is not odumbo. Shut HIM DOWN permanently.


20 posted on 10/01/2013 5:20:05 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How about grounding AF-1. That should cover all veterans expenses.


21 posted on 10/01/2013 5:43:01 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For the VA, for the military and other truly essential services, the House should craft a CR that funds each of those agencies individually... then let the pervs in the Senate vote it down.


22 posted on 10/01/2013 6:00:14 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Olog-hai

Are the King and Queen planning another $100 million vacation while our veterans and their widows go without money to live on?

All RATs and RINOs must hear from We The People!

202-224-3121

Ask for the human waste of your choice.


23 posted on 10/01/2013 6:02:56 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SoFloFreeper

4. If shutdown does run longer, those that can should adopt a vet and help ‘see them through’ until we get things straightened out.

(My nephew (10 yrs. Marines) just finally got his disability processed and the first checks were to begin to arrive. Moved into their own place about 2 weeks ago with the wife and kids. Time to assure them we won’t let them fall)


24 posted on 10/01/2013 6:13:47 AM PDT by EBH ( Freeman: A person not in slavery or serfdom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe I read that VA Disability payments will be paid. I think the article is about new claims being slowed down.


25 posted on 10/01/2013 6:15:19 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

That’s not what the articles says. It says they won’t be making disability payments after 30 days.


26 posted on 10/01/2013 7:37:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: EBH

I know we’ll be homeless soon if they stop making payments.


27 posted on 10/01/2013 7:38:17 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I only get 100% so this won’t hurt me. Hell!


28 posted on 10/01/2013 7:45:17 AM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More menacing threats from elite regime employees with pensions; yawn; take away their power and pensions


29 posted on 10/01/2013 7:58:36 AM PDT by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cut off congressional pensions first.


30 posted on 10/01/2013 10:42:21 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nothing this administration does really surprises me, but I thought that I read a different article that said present VA Disability payments would continue to be made. The article talks about the claim processing people. I think that means new claims might have a problem. As if a two year wait isn’t bad enough for them.


31 posted on 10/01/2013 11:32:35 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
"If a government shutdown continues through the end of October, the Veterans Affairs Department said it will have to cut off disability and education benefits payments, which could cause financial devastation to veterans, according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars."
32 posted on 10/01/2013 11:42:09 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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