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Gov't Shutdown Could Affect Veterans Benefits

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The current government shutdown could affect benefits for U.S. war veterans. According to Veterans Affairs, October funding has already been allocated, but November looks uncertain if the shutdown lasts for more than two-three weeks.

In a statement from the Jack Montgomery VA Medical Center, Director James Floyd said, "VA strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not have occurred and congress should act to fund critical government operations."

According to VA, services that will not be affected, include VA hospitals and clinics, prescriptions, mental health counseling, and the Veterans Crisis Line.

But, with the threat of any cuts for those who have served in our nation's wars, it is a sign to many that major change is needed in Washington.

"I was raised that when you were elected as an official, you lose that cloak of party affiliation and you go into congress to work together, to work for the betterment of the government," said Vietnam veteran, Ken McCreary.

Veterans Affairs said, the VA Medical Center in Muskogee will remain open, no matter what, along with outpatient clinics in Tulsa, Vinita, and Hartshorne.

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