The Veterans Affairs secretary said veterans' benefits will face harm due to the government shutdown. On Oct. 9, The Washington Post reported that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has said that many veterans are at risk during the shutdown due to disability claims backlog and a possible halt in compensation to millions of veterans who earn an income by way of the government.
Shinseki explained that if the shutdown continues over the next couple of weeks, over 3.8 million veterans will not receive their compensation payments next month. This is serious for retired veterans and veterans with disabilities who may not be able to go about their day-to-day lives without this money.
The Veterans Affairs secretary said benefits lost will harm 315,000 low-income veterans as well. This government shutdown might have been "okay" for a day or two, but well into its second week, people -- especially veterans -- are going to start to feel the sting.
"VA’s ability to make significant progress reducing the disability claims backlog is hampered without the increased productivity gained from overtime for claims processors – overtime that has helped VA significantly reduce the disability claims backlog by more than 190,000 claims over the last six months," the department said in a statement (via The Washington Post).
Veterans Affairs secretary says benefits harm is only one part of the issue that many vets are going to face if this shutdown persists.
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