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Friday, October 11, 2013

Veterans’ Services Could Be Affected By Shutdown

Veterans’ Services Could Be Affected By Shutdown

veteran-services-1024x680Potter County Veterans Affairs Director Will Worthington continues to monitor any possible impact local veterans could experience as the federal government shutdown continues. He reported to the Potter County Commissioners that the Veterans Benefits Administration has been relying on carryover funding that will be exhausted next week. 

More than 7,000 VBA employees could be furloughed beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, at which time a number of services would be suspended such as the education call center, personal interviews and hearings at regional offices, educational and vocational counseling, outreach activities and programs.

Worthington also reported that claims processing actions necessary to the payment of compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits would continue until some time in late October. VBA would continue to employ staff at its compensation and pension call centers, available at 1-800-827-1000. 

Processing of appeals and remands would be suspended and recruiting and hiring of veteran job applicants would cease. Military services coordinator operations would be suspended, including overseas and VA secretary correspondence with veterans and veterans service organizations. Worthington said veterans hospitals would continue to operate as normal.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

Obama will screw the very needy first to get his own way!

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with Obama, the tea party shut down the government because they didn't get their way.

Anonymous said...

Keep basking in your willful ignorance 944

I disliked Bush's policies, his wars, but I didn't outright hate the man. I respected him as my President and my Commander in Chief

but the venomous spite people throw at Obama, I'm convinced they hate him. They think he's evil and the devil.

What is wrong with people these days?

Equivocating their political opponents with there perceived senses of good and evil?

Absolutely nuts.

Why do I get the feeling a lot of these people are self-proclaimed decent wholesome "values" Christians?

Anonymous said...

Posters 2&3 are proof that you just can't fix stupid!

Anonymous said...

This has everything to do with obama. He has the final say of what is to be shutdown or is to stay open. Just like the death benefits and the funeral expenses of our fallen solders. With the order from him they are paid. He chose not to pay them and play the blame game. What a horrible thing to do. No honor what so ever in this white house!

Anonymous said...

no the congress has more say then the president... ...i remember seeing it on the news that the congress has to approve it before president can do it... whats up with ppl these days.. this country going to hell. and it isnt the president doing it .. it is the congress...

Anonymous said...

If you believe everthing you hear on the news you're insane. What good has Obama done in the the past 5 years. The news is there to distract us from what is really going on in America. They only give us bits and pieces of information, it's up to us to figure out what the truth is. Our government and our president are evil, all they care about is the money they receive from these stupid bills they pass. It's UNCONSTITUTIONAL for us to have to purchase something we don't want, also their is no fairness that Veterans put their lives on the line and their families on hold to defend Americans and make this world a better place and yet they're going without. The Government needs to defund Welfare, and start sorting out the lazy folks, and we would have enough for veterans. But why won't they put that into consideration? Oh that's right because they want everyone to be dumb and follow their stupidity so they can get rich. We need to reopen factories and out these people back to work. With the amount of Americans and illegals that are collecting just because they are too LAZY to work, there would be plenty of money to get our factories open and our jobs back!