800,000 federal workers are sitting idle now that the government shutdown is in effect. But the Alabama Department of Veterans' Affairs is reassuring veterans and their families that services provided by the state agency will continue despite the federal government shutdown.
"Although the shutdown will affect some services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the state VA remains fully operational to meet the needs of our Veterans and their families," said W. Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs.
All VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational, including inpatient and outpatient care, and other special care services. Veteran claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs will also continue through late October.
According to the federal VA, the shutdown will have an immediate impact on some services such as the closing of national VA call centers, discontinuing claims appeals and public awareness activities.
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