Skip to comments.VA: Veterans’ Benefits Will Be Suspended in Prolonged Shutdown
Posted on 10/08/2013 4:13:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Military veterans will lose many of their veterans benefits in late October if the government shutdown persists, according to newly-released U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs documents.
The VA has been continuing to make payments to veterans in the days since the Oct. 1 government shutdown, but agency officials say the pool of available money is dwindling.
Claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation programs are anticipated to continue through late October. However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs would be suspended when available funding is exhausted, said a statement from the agencys public affairs office.
The impasse also threatens to further slow the VAs backlog of overdue claims for benefits from needy veterans....
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No profanity adequate for this.
The military is not going to fly the dead bodies home from Afghanistan. I am beside myself! How can any liberal support this! A private entity has said they’ll pay the transportation to Dover AFB.
Great place to start with the extortion, Zero.
This Pig Pretender detests the Military........until he can take credit for something good they have done........then he just disdains them.
Obama’s golf course will remain open, however.
Really? Is this substantiated?
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Link doesn’t work...
I hope somebody sets the comments straight. The House funded this last THURSDAY and Reed is letting it set and won’t bring it to a vote. “Approved by a 259-157 vote”.
Let’s find the 157 and bring them into glaring light. That will be easy.
I believe I have enough confidence in the Marine Corps Times to take this as a truthful article setting the record straight.
The government shutdown exemption for the Veterans Affairs Department passed Thursday by the House of Representative does not resolve all of VAs potential problems.
Approved by a 259-157 vote, the measure comes in response to a warning from VA that it could run out money to pay veterans benefits by late October if a government shutdown continues. Not only are Nov. 1 payments at risk, but VA officials said claims processing could also slow.
The House measure, HJ Res 72, would provide funds for disability compensation, survivors benefits and monthly GI Bill checks.
But the resolution would not fix everything. It includes no funds for medical and prosthetic research, information technology, the National Cemetery Administration, or the VA inspector general, and does not provide grants for state cemeteries and state veterans homes, according to an analysis provided to Congress by veterans groups.
Additionally, the funding resolution would provide about $6 billion less for benefits than the House approved in June when it passed its version of VAs full-year appropriations bill for 2014.
In thw long run, none of that likely matters, because the Senate has no plans to take up the bill and the White House has warned it would be vetoed by President Obama.
While Obama did sign on Monday a bill that exempts military pay from being interrupted in the shutdown, the administration has since taken a hard line as the House of Representatives has come up with pile of single-issue measures to appropriate money for popular programs while leaving the overall federal shutdown in place.
In addition to money for veterans benefits, the House has bills to open national parks and national landmarks, to fund medical research programs at the National Institutes of Health, to fund parts of the budget of the District of Columbia and to expand on the number of federal civilians exempt from shutdown-related furloughs.
All of the votes against the House resolution came from Democrats.
Rep. Michael Michaud of Maine, ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the funding exemption is nothing more than a political ploy.
If Republicans were really serious about helping veterans, they would vote for a full government funding bill, he said. Passing that bill will make sure that veterans are no longer used like theyre being used today as a pawn in a political partys scheme.
However, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the resolution was part of a good-faith efforts to keep key parts of the government running, including important veterans programs.
With the backlog of disability claims continuing to pile up and veterans being forced to wait longer and longer to receive their benefits, it is critical that the White House and Congress work together to support our veterans, Boehner said, noting President Clinton and Congress worked together during the last government shutdown in 1996 to protect veterans programs and benefits.
VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said processing of veterans claims is hurt by the shutdown.
VA will not be able to continue overtime for claims processors, she said. Overtime is a key part of VAs strategy for eliminating the claims backlog by the end of 2015.
Claims workers had been on mandatory overtime for months, and VA intended to continue mandatory overtime through early November and then switch to voluntary overtime for the remainder of the calendar year, Dillion said.
VA blamed Congress for the possibility that it wont get the backlog eliminated on schedule, although House Veterans Affairs Committee aides said they were never informed that VA had any plans to extend mandatory overtime beyond Sept. 30, the last day of the fiscal year.
The House attempted to pass a Veterans Bill on an expedited basis, but democrats blocked it with a minority of votes.
Why do democrats hate Veterans?
Here it is:
They’re still sucking taxes out of my paycheck every week.
It’s coming, folks.
Like a s#I+ avalanche.
And yet FedGov “employees” are guaranteed full pay. For not working.
Time to bring this up
CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC IT IS TIME TO DO A RECALL
Two rebuttals the GOPES (gop Elite Snobs) running things should be using when the demo-coms,(( the DC’s, (they’ill never call the democrats either, they can’t even call them socialist) as the DC’s begin propagandizing dire results for a government shutdown and racism where they could articluate the individual media alphabet soups so called news reporting contriubuting to the racial strife which they created . But this bunch of GOPES won’t because it doesn’t fit their mode of “bi-partisanship”
The four passenger helicopter already overloaded with eight just barely lifting off its roof top heli-pad. Attached to its steel tube runner type landing gear below the fuselage were about a dozen more desperate people clinging to the gear . As the craft struggles to get airborne. it lurches skyward as one of those clinging to the steel tubes used as landing gear lets go. Falling to a death some 35 feet down to the refugee crowded lamding pad atop the Saigon American Embassy roof..
They were fleeing South Viet Nam through its closed US embassy because American support was withdrawn and denied .Leaving its army running out of ammo and conviction. Sold out by an American congress controled ironically by Democrats that.decided to shed its support for a democratic form of government to what became a US ward for a socialist/communist replacement . It was a harbinger of what that political party will bring to the US 50 years later.
Because of Obamacare most recalling of defunding\ governemnt shutdowns simply goes back to Gingrichs time when he was Speaker. This earlier defunding/ government shutdown had profound implications where hundreds of thousands died because of it. Like the constitutional constrains on central government. That abandonment of Viet Nam is hardly if ever mentioned or discussed in classrooms despite American humiliation could be demonstrated in that film clip described in this articles lead paragraph.. Because it was created by the Democrat party responding to the socialist/communist radicals that had taken over the liberal arts eduicational industry and were slowly taking that party over as well..
Not only did we lose a war because of it. But those same university socialist educators which encouraged this defunding , and dis-honoring the of the 58,000 deaths of our military. Also encouraged their charges to use humiliation such as calling retuning servicemen baby killers (only later to kill their own) and spitting in their faces. Their educational products are now on their own, borrowing a military term, R&R . Running and Ruining destroying this country . For this time the same group are now in control of that political party.
Changing it so much that in their 2012 convention booed any reference to “The Creator” ,God.. Demonstrating that any connection to the political party of JFK is gone. They are Democrat in name only and really Demo-Coms.. A term their present political opposition would choke on repeating . For the Republicans are.unable even to use the milder epithet “socialist”. The DCs are now demanding funding for a cherished socialist concept replete with 2000 pages of controls for the health collective. Controls which includes newly created bureaucracies for enforcement some under the direct control of the President .
Controls that:; Put thousands out of a 40 work week and reduced them to part time employees, Shut down physician hospitals, confiscated union health plans. prohibited private contracts with individual doctors, replaced medical specialists with socialist bureaucrats (death panels) Shut down medical insurance companies, or doubled the cost of health plans for starters...Yet not a word of this will be mentioned.by the complicit media apararatzicks running major visual media outlets.
For there is another example of the damage the aparatzicks do and will continue to do until challanged. Expect a continuing of the racism charge. OK ! Let’s see who started that ? It really began with the President of The United States implying an attacker was a “victim”. of a security guard doing his job when shot and killed by the guard defending himself..There seems to be a number of socialist agendas cited as Obama’s reasoning for doing this. One of which is living in collectives. However on Obama’s “That could have been me” cue the propaganda arm swung into action with drastic results..
Pick on some security guard whos doing his job and make him expendable. Time to employ propaganda devices. Emphasize that white jews last name! . Call that surveilance stalking!, The area hes patrolling “public access” area not gated owned by rich whitieys,never mention the guard is part african and dark skinned.. Depict that person hes watching a 10 year old black kid (show picture) a victim and a saint. Not a six foot 160 pound 16 year old, who was killed in cold blood and not who was killed fighting over a gun..The episode was given the full hyperbolic treatment which lasted for months and the results are clear..
You will never see a true or false poll conducted in black districts asking if they beleive the Zimmerman attacker a Travon Martin was the following : a “victim”,” in a white neighborhood”,” ill-legally stopped” ,”accosted”, and “shot in cold blood” . My guess is 80 % would respond “true”. Since this barrage of propaganda black youths have been using these devices as their excuse even citing the “victims” first name
Innocent whites, hispanics and asiains being murdered because of the inflamatory rhetoric composed of lies and missconceptions being driven by the regime and its supporters in the media begun by the President of the United States.. Obama never disassociated himself from it, nor discouraged it.and the reasoning behind it ?
Well, he can’t. He was using lies and fabrications painting a target on that security guards back when he geared up his black base .Aint that neat ? What better way to discourage any investigation into malfeasance and corruption by organizing the base for riots in the streets ? Think its too far fetched ? Think its not working ? Look again http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3051558/posts
To date the political opposition known as Republican has yet to mention or comment on these examples of how this regime operates. Time to demand that they behave like political opposition or leave the rostrum !
Now is the time not to ask but demand...FIGHT BACK
When the prescription drugs stop being sent out to ease the physical and mental pain of our Vets, there may a problem!
They are gonna lite a fire that they should be afraid of.
“Why do democrats hate Veterans?”
Because they’re all war-mongers!
go after Vets, Military, Seniors good way to get yourself shot.
Social Security Warns Benefits Could Get Cut
First cut benefits for congress and the retired members. Then the labor unions. The last one cut should be the military.
But we know that 0bama hates the military.
Fisher House is providing grants to the families so they can fly to Dover to escort their loved ones home and bury them.
You can donate at www.fisherhouse.org
America now a communists run empire.
According to Greta.
Veterans screwed by government again......we’re used to it.
“The House funded this last THURSDAY and Reed is letting it set and wont bring it to a vote”.
Reid is the sorriest excuse of a human being in Washington. Sorrier than his POS pretender in chief “president”.
The crooked SOB was worth about $30,000 when he came to Congress. Through sweetheart deals, kickbacks, and paybacks from the Vegas mob he is now worth somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million. He’s lower than whale shyt and crookier than a snake.
“Why do democrats hate Veterans?”:
Because most of them are Vietnam draft dodgers that despise anything to do with the military.
They can’t just kite a check?
Obama decided it was more important to send $450,000,000 to People’s TV than pay veteran’s benefits. It’s all about priorities.
people who vote rat may say their veterans, but they are not patriots...
that guythatwillnotbenamed is an arrogant piece of camel dung...
we really do live in a totalitarian country...
thinking lately that I don't care much for America anymore....its not my America...
He brought troops home from Iraq don’t ya’ know... /s
Obumma has already suggested that to stop the pain of the shutdown and eliminate these so-called battles over the debt ceiling, he may have to take a new sort of action. I’m pretty sure he’s thinking dictatorial powers and martial law will solve it all and he’ll be worshipped as a demigod for saving America.
That is different. The bodies are being flown home by the military.
As for the Bereavement Pay the family could use to fly to Dover being withheld that is another matter.
And WHEN did they say that they are closing down the section 8 housing?
Surely you jest.
Shinseki has got to go, and be stripped of his military awards. He is a total disgrace to the uniform of the US Army.
Just another Obama asskissing flunky who sold his soul for a job.
Yet strangely enough, in DC, there seem to be a bunch of anti-military vets who are Dems. In fact, recently it seemed there were more Democrats who were vets than GOP. Not sure if they just brag more or what. I’m thinking of people like Dead John Murtha.
VA will not be able to continue overtime for claims processors, she said. Overtime is a key part of VAs strategy for eliminating the claims backlog by the end of 2015.”
Much of this back log was caused by O’Bummer changing the rules to qualify for PTSD disability. He changed it that you no longer had to be in a combat area. As a result a lot of sexual harassment charges have turned into military PTSD claims!
Even Communist countries treated their war dead better than the way the dems are treating ours.
“He changed it that you no longer had to be in a combat area”.
A stateside cook can burn his hand on the stove now and qualify for PTSD. All he has to do is say he is having nightmares from the burn. And chances are the claim will be approved right away if he says an arab was holding his hand to the stove. It helps being in a combat zone, but absolutely not necessary since the neverending “war on terror” began on 9-11-01. That’s why all members of the military wear those desert cammies, no matter if they are stationed in the Middle East or North Dakota. All the world is a “combat zone”, with a boogie man around every corner and we have to be on the constant lookout for the bad guy. I asked a young airman on an AF base the other day if he ever wore his blues and he looked at me like I was crazy. I asked him what his job was and he said he was a clerk. I thought he was a member of Red Horse from the way he was dressed. Brown, brogan boots, the works.
That’s ridiculous, if it didn’t exist why would I be looking for it? Do they think I am as crazy as Pelosi?
Absolutely amazing, I didn’t think it could be possible but you have actually managed to insult...Camel dung! Congratulations.