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Remarks by Secretary Eric K. Shinseki
Effect of Government Shutdown on VA Benefits and Services to Veterans
For Presentation Before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Washington, DC
October 9, 2013


If the shutdown continues into late October, November compensation payments to more than 3.8 million Veterans will halt. These include thousands of Veterans who have the most severe disabilities. Payments will also stop for over 364,000 survivors and over 1,200 children receiving special benefits, such as children with Spina Bifida born to Vietnam Veterans and certain Korean War Veterans as well as children of women Veterans with birth defects.

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