The President, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the administration strongly believe that a lapse in appropriations should not have occurred on October 1, 2013, and Congress should act to fund critical Government operations. During the government shutdown, VA medical centers, clinics and other health services have advance appropriations for 2014 and will remain open. VA has funds available to ensure claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs will continue through late October. However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs will be suspended when funds are exhausted.
VA has produced a 2-page information sheet, the Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown, which summarizes all of the services that will be available and those that will be impacted by potential lapse in appropriations. This file will be updated as needed. The department’s detailed contingency plan is also available below.
- Remarks by Secretary Eric K. Shinseki before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
- Message from the President to US Government Employees (PDF)
- Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown (PDF) (Important Phone Numbers To Agencies)
- Appropriations Lapse Contingency Plan (PDF)
Information for VA Employees
Behind every Veteran, wounded warrior, and family member receiving services, there is a family of VA employees dedicated to serving the community of Veterans. For those VA employees impacted by the Federal government shutdown, the information below will help you know what to expect during a furlough and what options you may have.
- Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs via Office of Personnel Management (PDF)
- VA Fact Sheet: Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (PDF)
- Department of Labor UCFE website
- Thrift Savings Plan Loans via Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (PDF)
All of the information found in this post is from Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs website and was copied without permission. As a United States Air Force Veteran I feel obligated to pass information I have located for my benefit so it may benefit other Veterans and their families. I do, however, encourage anybody who is reading this here today to review the Message from the President to US Government Employees (PDF).