VA shuts down regional offices, veterans services impacted

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 6:00 PM

On Tuesday, Veterans Affairs regional offices were closed as the government shutdown forced furloughs for more than 7,000 Veterans Benefits Administration employees.

At the Henry M. Jackson building in downtown Seattle, the doors were locked and a sign hung on the window saying the office was closed due to the federal shutdown.

A statement from Los Angeles Office of Public Affairs said:

"Claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs are anticipated to continue through late October. However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs would be suspended when available funding is exhausted."

The VA clarified the services impacted by the lapse in appropriations with their Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown:

 

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