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1.American Legion: Lawmakers using veterans as pawns. Las Vegas Sun American Legion officials are calling on the White House and members of Congress to … stopgap measures to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs during a shutdown. … To bolster their case, they cited comments from veterans groups criticizing … best news website in the nation & DuPont Award for broadcast journalism.
2. American Legion: Lawmakers Using Veterans as Pawns. Hyperlink to Article ABC News (AP): Officials at the American Legion are accusing the White House and members of Congress of using veterans in their efforts to win over the public during a partial government shutdown — and ask that they stop and get a deal done.
3.Veterans, impatient over shutdown, demand protection for VA benefits. Veterans groups, angry that they are being used as political pawns, are lashing out at lawmakers, telling them to find an end to the government shutdown and ensure that veterans benefits and services aren’t disrupted.
4.Backlogs for veterans could grow under shutdown. Tucson Citizen The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has enough money to process veterans’ … “This may drag on much longer than any of us predicted,” he said. … Stateline is a non-partisan, non-profit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that …
5. Murray: 5 million vets face no benefits on Nov. 1. Hyperlink to Article Army Times: About 5 million veterans may not receive benefits “they earned and rely on” on Nov. 1 because of the partial government shutdown, the Senate Budget Committee chairman warned Friday.
6. Government shutdown taking toll on local non-profits. Hyperlink to Article The Cullman Times: Though Cullman isn’t home to many outright federal offices, the U.S. government shutdown is still being felt by plenty of local groups in the area that provide assistance to low-income residents.
7. VA reaches out to Veterans about the health care law. Hyperlink to Article The Star Journal: The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca, to let Veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families. Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable Care Act take effect next year.
8.Man charged with taking gun to Miss. VA office. Knoe.com … arrested for walking into a U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs office in Jackson with a holstered pistol.
9.State Dept. of Veterans’ Services open during federal shutdown. Glendale Star “Although the federal shutdown affects some services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, ADVS remains fully operational to meet the needs of …
10.VA Regional Director Moreland to retire. Hyperlink to Article Pittsburgh Business Times: The embattled regional director of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System announced his retirement Friday. Michael Moreland will step down Nov. 1 as a criminal investigation continues into an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that killed six veterans in 2011 and 2012 at the VA Pittsburgh. During that period, 34 VA patients were diagnosed with Legionnaires and six men between the ages of 63 and 85 died.