Saturday, September 28, 2013

Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown

You probably know that federal government expires Monday, September 30, 2013; while Congress could prevent a lapse, prudence requires planning for the possibility of a lapse.
VA's 2-page information sheet, the Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown summarizes the services that will be available and those that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations.

The Veterans Health Administration is forward-funded and so VA will still be able to provide some services. All VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational including inpatient/outpatient care, prescriptions, surgery, dental treatment, extended care, mental health care, nursing home care, special health care services for women Veterans and Vet centers.

Additional services that will be available:

  • Military sexual trauma counseling
  • Readjustment counseling services
  • Veterans Crisis Line
  • Insurance processing
  • Home loan processing
  • My HealtheVet – all services
  • Education benefits claims will be processed
  • Vocational rehabilitation payments will be processed
  • Compensation and pension claims will be processed
  • Acquisitions Logistics Center will accept and fill prosthetics supply orders
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Small Businesses will be open

Payments to be made Oct. 1 include disability and compensation, and education benefits payments.
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And think about calling your Congresscritter!

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