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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Government shutdown: How it will affect veterans

Government shutdown: How it will affect veterans
By LEO SHANE III
Published: April 7, 2011

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is less likely to see major disruptions than other government agencies in the event of a government shutdown, but that doesn't mean everything will remain normal for veterans seeking help.

According to a VA department official, veterans health care services will remain operating despite the budget impasse. Veterans’ medical appointments will not be canceled or delayed, and hospitals will stay open. That's because most of the funding for those efforts was covered in advance appropriations legislation, passed by Congress well before the current budget stalemate.
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Government shutdown: How it will affect veterans

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