Oct. 7, 2013 - 09:50PM - Veterans regional offices will be closed and nobody will answer their phones beginning Tuesday morning as the government shutdown forces furloughs of 7,000 employees of the Veterans Benefits Administration.
“All public access to VBA regional offices and facilities will be suspended,” said Veterans Affairs Department spokeswoman Victoria Dillon.
Walk-ins and phone calls to regional offices are common to get status reports on benefits and to seek help. The voluntary officers from veterans organizations who help file claims are located in many regional offices, so access to them could be restricted.
While phones won’t be answered at regional offices, most toll-free numbers where veterans can get help with benefits remain open. One exception is the GI Bill call center, which is closed and won’t reopen until the VA receives funding. read more>>>
Real reason for Government Shutdown and pending Government Default, America's Responsibility and it's Not Sacrificing:
Why the use of the photo of teabag, the so called tea party owns all of this, Rep Mark Meadows (R) of North Carolina and not House Speaker, supposed to be, Boehner or media seeking hound, not a house member real house leader, chickenhawk Sen Cruz, at 43 aged out of visiting his recruiter for a decade plus and these two recent wars, this will explain:
On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) spoke out against $6.2 billion in cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs budget. Cuts would include programs like medical and prosthetic research for wounded Veterans, national Veterans cemeteries, the Veterans appeals board and resources to reduce the claims backlog. She offered a Motion to Recommit that would have brought the Senate passed Continuing Resolution up for a vote and have reopened the entire federal government. more>>>
And as With little fanfare, Afghanistan War drags into 13th year Rachel takes us on a trip back to the "Missions Accomplished", the day pointed out that not only Iraq was won but so was Afghanistan, after the country flag waving cheerily abandoned the main missions very quickly after sending our military into after 9/11's deadly devastation:
The rest is history! Not rovian revisionist history, but reality history!!
8 October 2013 - The shutdown of the federal government is now affecting some families when they are most vulnerable, denying them benefits to help with funeral expenses of loved ones killed while serving the country.
The families of five U.S. service members who were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan have been notified that they won't be receiving the $100,000 benefit normally wired to relatives within 36 hours of the death. The “death gratuity” is intended to help cover funeral costs and help with immediate living expenses until survivor benefits typically begin. read more>>>