Government shutdown could cause struggles for Vets

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The partial shutdown of the federal government needs to wrap up within three weeks, or those who gave us their all may be without much needed disability compensation.

Nationwide, about 3.8 million veterans won't receive a disability check if the shutdown continues into late October.

And here in Mesa County, officials say at least 4,000 people will be affected.

"They cant make their house payments they cant buy food for the table," says VA Hospital Services Coordinator for Disabled Veterans, David Dunnagan. "The government support programs, they're going to go under too."

If compensation checks for November don't get handed out, the VA Center in Grand Junction encourages anyone who will have trouble paying VA related bills contact the Medical Center.

The billing staff at the hospital has dedicated a team to assist these veterans in requesting a delay in payment.

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