VA secretary: If shutdown lasts until Nov. 1, benefits cease for 5.2 million veterans

By Leo Shane III Stars and Stripes Published: October 9, 2013 WASHINGTON — The government shutdown has been painful, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said, but the worst is yet to come. On Nov. 1, if the ongoing budget battle isn’t resolved, the department won’t be able to send out benefits checks to nearly 5.2 million veterans and family members, Shinseki told members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Veterans depending on disability benefits, living Read more [...]