Veterans at Risk of Not Receiving Disability Checks


If a deal is not agreed upon by Thursday, then millions of veterans will not receive a disability check on November 1st. These are people with severe disabilities and low income individuals.

Parts of the federal VA has been shutdown. Even causing a backlog for disability and compensation claims.

"That backlog was decreasing.. is now increasing as we sit here today. Because those employees have been furloughed. So a huge critical issues is being worsened because of the shutdown," said Dir. Erica Borggren of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The claims are still coming in, but 5,600 vets a day will not receive a decision on their disability claims, if a decision is not made.

As of Monday, more than 2,700 people have been furloughed and 56-percent are veterans.

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