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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Government Shutdown and How it Would Affect Veterans





In an e-mail press release the VA is reporting the following:


As of now it is unclear whether a shutdown would occur, but if it does - this is how it would affect VA's customers.




Veteran health care is not impacted. VA Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics, and Vet Centers will be open.


VA benefits will continue to be processed and delivered, including compensation, pension, education, and housing benefits.


Burials will continue at VA national cemeteries. Applications for headstones, markers, and burial benefits processing will continue.


The Board of Veterans’ Appeals will continue decisions on Veterans' cases.


VA Contact Centers (1-800-MyVA411) and the Veterans Crisis Line (Dial 988, Press 1) are open 24/7.




VA will not provide Veteran career counseling or transition assistance program activities.


The GI Bill Hotline will be closed.


VA benefits regional offices will be closed.


VA will cease public affairs and outreach to Veterans.


VA will not permanently place headstones or maintain the grounds at VA national cemeteries.


VA will not process applications for pre-need burials.


VA will not print new presidential memorial certificates.


VANEOHS remains fully operational.

In the event of a government shutdown, medical centers, emergency department and outpatient clinics will remain fully operational. If you have an appointment or need to see us for any reason, we are here.



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