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Veterans' Affairs office to lay off 7,000
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Bill Hess

Posted on 10/08/2013 3:38:01 PM PDT by SandRat

SIERRA VISTA — On the day Fort Huachuca’s commissary reopens, another branch of the federal government is laying off 7,000 workers, which starts today.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is furloughing Veterans Benefits Administration employees which will suspend some programs during the time of the lay offs.

However, the Arizona Department of Veteran Services will continue to provide assistance which the state supports but the impact will be felt by those being served, said Dave Hampton, spokesman for the state agency.

Some state employees co-located at the VA Phoenix Regional Office have been moved to the Arizona State Veteran Home in Phoenix to continue providing assistance, he said.

Other state veterans benefit counselors will continue to work at their normal places throughout Arizona, which includes the facility at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Visa, the spokesman said.

Federal VA officials said all its medical facilities and clinics will continue to operate for inpatients and outpatients and other special care services.

Veteran claim processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation programs are to continue until at least late October.

In it's Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown, which was updated Monday, the VA listed programs both impacted and not impacted by the decision, which can be found at www.va.gov/opa/appropriations_lapse_plan.asp.

For information concerning Arizona’s continuing assistance support to veterans can go to www.azdvs.gov or call (602) 244-3373.


TOPICS: Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: layoff; netyerans

1 posted on 10/08/2013 3:38:01 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

That’s really apples and oranges. State and local government workers can’t do VA claims adjudication, no matter how many of them there are.


2 posted on 10/08/2013 3:40:28 PM 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: SandRat

Say what?? On October 8th, a week after the federal “shut down”, they do this? These VA employees were “excepted” (i.e., they were “essential” and had to report to work) for a week and suddenly they’re not?

I guess that Obama and his minions are trying their best to ratchet up the pain they are causing the American people they rule over.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 3:50:05 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: SandRat

The Spite House strikes again.


4 posted on 10/08/2013 4:09:50 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: SandRat

This is the administration’s chance to totally ruin the individual lives of as many people as he can. The problem is getting the people mad at the conservatives. They want to set up the marxist revolution scenario.

They may have had this planned for a while.


5 posted on 10/08/2013 4:09:51 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
True. And this despot has truncated the VA's ability to process disability evaluations, thus slowing and delaying the process of deserving veterans being compensated.
6 posted on 10/08/2013 4:49:03 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
True. This despot has truncated the VA's ability to process disabilities and thereby delayed providing deserving veterans with compensation for their injuries incurred in military service.
7 posted on 10/08/2013 4:51:29 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SandRat
7000 laid off and headed to the unemployment office for Lord knows how many weeks of unemployment. And please don't be so naive as to think they will report to their local unemployment office when they are called back to work PLUS they get their back pay. Nice. A vacation and a bonus brought to you by the stupidest group of people to ever draw a death, The United States Congress.
8 posted on 10/08/2013 6:41:12 PM PDT by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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