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Govt Shutdown Would Affect Veterans, but Not Immediately

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From veterans' services to national parks, plenty of things could take a hit if the government shuts down.

If the government shuts down at midnight many will feel the impact right away. But for veterans, the effects could take a while to kick in. According to the Department of Veterans' Affairs, benefits would stop if the government shutdown lasts at least a month. During that month claims can still be processed and benefits will be delivered until money runs out.

One veteran in Charlottesville, Raymond Brock, says he's not happy with Congress.

"It would really hurt me because of my medical and my money that I worked so hard for the government for. The government is sitting there not giving anybody nothing. Congress gets paid every day," said Raymond Brock.

Monday President Barack Obama said if the government shuts down, "veterans who have sacrificed for their country will find their support centers unstaffed."

Veterans would still be able to visit hospitals, get mental health counseling or get prescriptions filled at VA health clinics.

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