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Shutdown not affecting veterans receiving government benefits, VA says
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- The government shut down has put many out of work and not getting paid.
But what about those who receive military benefits?
Now that the government has shut down many government employees are not receiving pay checks, but what does this mean for US Veterans and their benefits?
The Department of Veteran Affairs released a statement saying they strongly believe that a lapse in appropriations should not occur.
And congress should act to fund critical government operations.
Many veterans we spoke with are outraged about the shutdown.
"I'm going to petition the state and everybody to put out a statement. If you are a politician you are a leader and you consider yourself a leader and you lie you're going to be charged," said Albert Freed.
Although this has put a finical strain on many veterans will still be able to make claims and receive payments in compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs and all gulf coast medical facilities will remain open.
"Every shut down that they've ever had they've always financed the social security, the Medicaid, the Medicare, and the disabled veterans, so I'm not worried about it at all," said Freed.
Kim Colinger served in the US Navy for six years she's currently on disability and sees a doctor every two weeks she's glad to hear she can still receive medical treatment.
"Without that I'd be in a lot of trouble and a lot of hurt," said Kim Colinger.
If the shut down last through October funds could be exhausted, so claims processing and payments could be suspended.
"It's going to be tight," said Colinger.
The VA has not said what the plan will be if the shut down last longer than a few weeks.
As for how long the government shut down could last that's still unclear.