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Secretary: Shutdown to rob 5 million veterans of their benefits

from U.S. News & World Report

More than 5 million veterans, as well as some active-duty service members, will not receive crucial benefits after Nov. 1 if the government shutdown continues for much longer, the secretary of Veterans Affairs said. Eric Shinseki, a retired Army general, told members of Congress that the ongoing government shutdown affects his department's ability to dispense compensation, employment and pension payments, vocational and rehabilitation services, as well as education under the GI Bill. more


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