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The Veterans Benefits Administration was forced to furlough 7,000 employees Tuesday leaving many veterans without the financial aid they were promised. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Westwood for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2013.
Offices are closed, hotlines are suspended, recruiting and hiring has stopped. As the federal government shutdown pushed into its second week, the US Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday closed regional offices indefinitely.
Though veterans will be without some services, all VA medical facilities, clinics and some counseling services will remain open and available.
Casualties of the government shutdown, those services impacted include:
Some of the services that will continue without interruption include:
For a complete list of what’s halted and what’s functioning, visit the Veterans Affairs Field Guide to Government Shutdown.
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