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November 7, 2023

Will Government Shutdown Affect Veterans Disability Checks?

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Every so often, the US Government comes to the brink of a budgetary stalemate. If you keep up on the news, it may seem like this happens almost yearly!

All of the potential disruption of a shutdown leaves many disabled veterans wondering: 

Will government shutdown affect veterans disability checks?

A budgetary stalemate means the federal government and its agencies could close their doors for an uncertain amount of time. If that happened, many federal employees would be furloughed, and some services would be paused.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at which VA services would and would NOT be impacted by a future Federal Government shutdown.



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Will Government Shutdown Affect Veterans Disability Checks? 

No. Many VA services, including VA benefits, would NOT be affected by a government shutdown.

VA Services NOT IMPACTED by a Federal Government Shutdown

During a Federal Government shutdown, these vital VA services would continue to be provided.

  • Veteran Health Care
  • VA Benefits
  • VA Burials
  • VA Board of Veterans Appeals
  • VA Contact Centers (open 24/7)
  • Veterans Crisis Line (open 24/7) 988, Select 1

The federal employees supporting these services are considered “mission critical” and continue working normally.

VA Services not impacted by a Federal Government Shutdown

Figure 1. VA Services Not Impacted by a Federal Government Shutdown

VA Services IMPACTED by a Federal Government Shutdown

Some VA services that would be impacted include:

  • GI Bill Hotline 888-442-4551
  • VA Benefits Regional Offices would close
  • Veteran Career Counseling
  • VA Public Affairs and Veteran Outreach would pause
  • VA National Cemeteries 

These VA services considered less vital may go on pause in the event of a Federal Government shutdown. 

Figure 2. VA Services impacted by a Federal Government Shutdown

Figure 2. VA Services Impacted by a Federal Government Shutdown


Will VA Disability be Affected by Government Default?

If it ever happens, a US government default would have severe repercussions for disabled veterans and others who rely on US government benefits. In truth, a default would also have dire consequences on the entire global economy and financial markets.


At VA Claims Insider, we want you to know that no matter what happens in Washington, DC, we always have your back. Government shutdowns always end eventually, so if one happens, don’t put your pursuit of the VA benefits you deserve on pause. 

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