Jim FausoneVeteran Disability Lawyer
Listening to the general press, you would think the world will fall apart if there is a government shutdown. In reality, only about 1/3 of the government workers will be off work.
The VA will be at work on your claims. The October payments are already in the mail. VA benefits are protected and should go out during a shutdown. Could VA run out of funds, maybe in a month or so. If your claim is being processed, the VA employees who handle such claims are protected from the shutdown.
But remember how slow VA is anyway, so the shutdown provides a convenient excuse for not meeting schedule. So let's not freak out just yet. The VA is still working and Congress will figure this out in a few days or a week. Veterans have enough stress in their lives without it being whipped into a frenzy by the general media.