Veterans Group: Shutdown to Hurt VA Funding for Benefits

Veterans Affairs Department logoThe Department of Veterans Affairs could soon run out of money to pay beneficiaries due to a temporary lapse in government funding.

A shutdown will disrupt claims appeal hearings, job placement, vocational counseling, funeral services and the VA Secretary’s correspondence with veterans groups, the American Legion said Monday.

“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,” said Daniel Dellinger, national commander for the American Legion.

“It is imperative that Congress understands 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,” Dellinger added.

VA employees who process claims will continue to work during a shutdown, the group says.

“Our federal government must never put veterans in this kind of position,” Dellinger said.

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