Veterans Hotline: Vet services during the government shutdown

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Ed Wilkinson

I received information on the government shutdown regarding veteran benefits.

The services that will not be impacted by the shutdown are as follows:

■ Inpatient care

■ Outpatient care

■ Prescriptions

■ Surgeries

■ Dental treatment

■ Extended care

■ Mental health care

■ Nursing home care

■ Special health care for women veterans

■ Vet services: Most of the medical services still are intact.

The downside, no decisions made on claims appeals or motions will be made by the Veterans Board of Appeals.

■ VA Regional Offices public contact services will not be available.

■ Presidential Memorial Certificates will not be issued.

■ Internments at National Cemeteries will be conducted at a modified rate.

■ Vocational Rehabilitation and Education counseling will be limited.

There are a few more items that will be impacted and some items not impacted, so if you need more information, stop by my office.

I also have the information on the impact on the shutdown on the workforce.

Unfortunately, the Veterans Benefits Administration got hit hard. Of the 21,237 employees in this department, 307 are fully funded and another 13,678 excepted employees will continue to work. And 7,252 employees are subject to furlough.

Remember, American Legion meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Legion Post 62.

VFW meets Oct. 21 at VFW Post 4265.

Please note that this month, the meetings are a week apart, not a day apart.

Because of the winter months coming, I can use some more drivers. If you are interested, contact me and I will give you the information necessary. This is a chance for you; the upside is you receive a stipend for this service.

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