VA says veterans' benefits would stop in long shutdown
September 28th, 2013
07:47 PM ET
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VA says veterans' benefits would stop in long shutdown

Washington (CNN) – The Department of Veterans Affairs clarified itself Saturday, saying that if a government shutdown occurs, and lasts at least a month, not all compensation and pension payments would continue.

“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,” spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said in a statement to CNN.

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The agency earlier this week said all payments would be handled.

She said the agency has excepted certain workers - meaning they can work if there is a shutdown. That means claims can be processed and beneficiaries can receive payments during a shutdown that lasts less than a month.

Among the benefits in question would be disability and GI Bill payments.

The change in position came after VA officials briefed staff members of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees Friday and other congressional staff who pushed for more information about the status of benefits if a shutdown occurs, one congressional aide confirmed to CNN.

The Washington Post first reported the call.

“Our nation’s heroes, who are already waiting too long for the benefits they deserve, shouldn’t be held at the mercy of gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, D.C.,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Get rid off all the GOP thugs in 2014. Just remember this.

    September 28, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Stuffit

    And yet, the dope addicts and welfare frauds would continue to receive their obamaphones, free healthcare and their food stamps while stealing the oxygen from our veterans. Thank you democrat liberals for shutting Dow our government to support your corrupt thug president.

    September 28, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Yes, and the GOTP reaaaaaaaaalllllllyyyyy concerned about you.

    September 28, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Steve - Texas

    All because of the GOP refusing to hear the voters from the 2012 Election.. pathetic traitors to America

    September 28, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. rogercottonsr

    Good, good, keep voting Republican all you military folks!

    September 28, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Joy

    Them is fightin words.

    September 28, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Carl Andrew Barber

    We really should withholding congressional paychecks until they can learn to get along.

    September 28, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Tea Party anarchists would gladly sacrifice the VA benefits we owe our veterans – to make political points for the right-wing. The Tea Party is more destructive to America than any terror group. We need to remember – the Tea Party is a Republican organization. I'll help Vets remember this act in the next election.

    September 28, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |

    “Our nation’s heroes, who are already waiting too long for the benefits they deserve, shouldn’t be held at the mercy of gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, D.C.,”

    September 28, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Scare tactics, it will be as safe as Social Security during the shut down

    September 28, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Pk dusterm

    If the Va is shut down i will picket in frmt of the oranges man drive way he will not stop crying

    September 28, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Steve Fielder

    Isn't it funny how the Republican "patriots" in Congress are willing to risk disrupting benefits and pension-payments owed to this nation's veterans as part of an effort to deny expanded healthcare coverage to millions of Americans – including countless soldiers, veterans, and their families. ...

    September 28, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. William Balderson

    If I don't get my benefits then my loans don't get paid and that effects my credit and the economy since the money isn't passed around. I won't stand for this BS long and nietheer will very many other vets. Remember what we are vet from and know how to do. Promise!!!!

    September 28, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. guaraya

    This article seems reckless and alarmist, at the expense of our nation's veterans. The last time the government threatened to shut down, it was clearly communicated that the Veteran's Administration would not be on the chopping block. If our disabled veteran's are withheld from their benefits, our nation would reach new depths of disgrace. I like to hope that this article, which seems to contradict itself, is being overly alarmist. If anyone should have their pay and benefits cut, it should be those in our government who are clearly not governing, but running a very long political civil war.

    September 28, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. pmmarion

    That's just great. I can live with out my disability payments for a while but I have a lot of buddies who are 100% disabled and rely on their check to get through the month. This has the potential to really screw up their lives!

    September 28, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. CommonSense

    Maybe the vets should simply visit an ER, claim to be an illegal alien, and then receive free medical treatment.

    September 28, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. USMC Vet

    Active duty military should get paid before POTUS, Congress, SCOTUS or any other govt official gets paid. If the military men and women don't get pay or necessary medical then the political HACKS running our govt should get the same treatment. POTUS can NOT fly on AF1 a couple of times and use those funds to help our men and women in uniform.

    September 28, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Thomas

    That's great , send them to fight wars , then don't pay them there benefits ?

    The funny thing is the VA is almost a socialist system when you think about it .

    The GOP needs to think more about who actually defends our country when called !

    September 29, 2013 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  19. What's in that tea anyway?

    Ok, I expected a hit to my 401K, but this is ridiculous. This just isn't right. I never thought the RWNJ's would push the country to this depth of disfunction. These veterans have made tremendous sacrafices for this country's freedoms, and this is how we repay them ? really Tea Trolls? disgusting to say the least.

    September 29, 2013 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  20. Maripil

    Republicans are playing politics in shutting down the government!

    September 29, 2013 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  21. Marie MD

    Once again veterans and servicemen/women the teatards in congress don't care about the country in general.
    The teatards don't care about your service unless they can send you to wars of lies and to die.
    Keep voting repug while they spit on you, your sacrifice, your families and your service to our country.
    It's all about them, remember that when you pull that lever or touch that screen!!!

    September 29, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  22. Thinker

    I waited over two years to get my disability fom the government. Now their going to shut it down thanks a lot republicans

    September 29, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  23. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    You wealthy Americans stop pretending Poverty and hurting your people. No heaven for "whosoever loveth and maketh a Lie" "THE TIME IS AT HAND" (Revelation 22: 15,10)

    September 29, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  24. Liz the First

    Wait, isn't it the republicans who shout, 'support our troops' every chance they get? is this what they call supporting our troops????????????? 'thanks for laying your life on the line for us every day. here's your IOUl.' their hypocrisy has reached new levels, as has their traitorous behavior. the only good thing that could possibly come out of this is that maybe more people will wake up and see these monsters for what they really are. and what happens when republicans wake up? they become Democrats.

    September 29, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. Hawk in Texas

    As a disabled veteran now is the time for people to wake up and see just what the republicans stand for. they are for the rich only. wall street, the big banks, the kock bros. big oil, the insurance co's. they don't give a damn about the regular people and veterans. yet there are so many people they have brainwashed with their lies that they will still vote republican even if they were being thrown out on the street.

    September 29, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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