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Government Shutdown Affecting Disability Payments for Veterans

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RICHMOND - The government shutdown could stop disability payments for military veterans if a deal isn't made soon.

Disabled military veteran Angela Clement is a stay at home mom who's taking college courses.

But if the government shutdown continues into late October, there's a chance disability payments will not be issued to the men and women who have served our country.

"What happens to me, what happens to everyone else like me," she says. "Because there are a lot of people like me who I know are in the same situation."

3.8 million disabled military veterans could be affected across the U.S. and in the Commonwealth, it would cause a ripple effect for local and state economies.

"There are 130,000 in the state," says Paul Galanti, Commissioner Dept. of Veteran Services. $2,200 dollars a month times that many people, that's a major impact, and for some people that's all they have. There will be a massive need for social services."

If Clement doesn't receive her monthly payment in November, she will still have to take care of her family.

The mother of two can only hope lawmakers on Capitol Hill stop going back and forth and reach a deal soon.

"As citizens, we're trying to figure out what's the truth," she says. "We're the ones suffering from all of this - because they're still getting paid."

 

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