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VA statement on government shutdown

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The VA released the following statement on Oct. 2, 2013, with regard to the government shutdown:

VA strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not have occurred and Congress should act to fund critical Government operations. During a shutdown, VA medical centers, clinics and other health services have advance appropriations for 2014 and will remain open.

VA has funds available to ensure claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs will continue through late October.

However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs will be suspended when funds are exhausted. Due to the shutdown, the Veterans Benefits Administration will not be able to continue overtime for claims processors.

Regarding the National Cemetery Administration: interments will continue, but may be on a reduced schedule.

To find the appropriations lapse plan and the updated field guide, visit or

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