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Virginia veterans next to be hit hard by shutdown

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RICHMOND, VA (WTVR) -- Virginia veterans who rely on benefits are set to be the next group impacted by the government shutdown.

"If the shutdown continues into late October, November compensation payments to more than 3.8 million Veterans will halt," Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki testified to Congress earlier this month.

That means that families like Norman and Phyllis Sims of Goochland County will be impacted. Norman retired in 1991 from the military after a career that began with fighting in Vietnam. He currently collects disability benefits from the VA.

"They are playing games while we are suffering," Norman told CBS 6 political reporter Joe St. George.

"When the disability check doesn't come in we don't have any income to do anything," Phyllis added.

While the Sims wait for a compromise from Washington, local and state leaders are doing the best they can to help.

Henrico opened a new Veterans Assistance Center off Nine Mile Road Monday.

Virginia Veterans Services Commissioner Paul Galanti told CBS 6 the potential impacts of the shutdown on Veterans will only worsen if the shutdown continues.

"Write down the names of everybody that's made you mad and remember them the next time they vote," Galanti said.

The VA has said that as of right now, November checks to veterans are not scheduled to be sent out.


  • roger

    “Virginia veterans next to be hit hard by shutdown”..The ones who voted for obama deserve it, the others do not.

  • Thomas Barnes

    Why veterans and others that paid their dues? Why not “entitlements” like cutting back on welfare and food stamps? Why not stop payments to our enemies? Third and second world countries that receive billions of dollars and still wish to harm us should not be getting money that we have to borrow and pay interest on. Why did the Democrats spend tax dollars that “they don’t have” to close “federal parks” that receive not one dime of federal money? Another thought is this: Why are we so dependent on the federal government? All this nonsense is a waste of panic.

  • Cindy Kureth

    I am a Veteran’s widow, homeless and unemployed. The only check I receive is my survivor’s check (my husband’s death was service related) and I rely on that small check for food and gas…I drive my son to college every day. I need money for my storage units (they are over due) and for my insurance. This is heart breaking!

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