Government Shutdown May Delay Veteran Benefits

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A veteran in Harrisonburg said he thinks the shutdown is blackmailing between both parties and it may end up hurting many veterans who rely on benefits.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Commander Michael Nicolas said he worries if some federal workers are furloughed.

Veterans who have benefits or apply for them may not be able to get them right away.

Nicolas knows he will receive money Tuesday from his benefits, but he doesn't know what will happen after the shutdown.

"It concerns every veteran because they are going to be delayed by their paperwork. That means their benefits are going to come later. It will take them longer to do their benefits," said Nicolas.

CNN reports the Department of Veterans Affairs said if the shutdown lasts at least a month, it will not continue all compensation and pension payments because the funding will run out by late October.