During the government shut-down‚ if you are a VA disability recipient‚ you may be wondering if you will receive your VA disability check if the government shuts down. The good news is that your VA medical facilities and clinics will be open. However‚ if you do not receive your VA disability check‚ you may need to apply for a new VA disability rating.
VA disability checks will be renewed if they are not paid in a timely manner
During a government shutdown‚ veterans can take comfort in the fact that they will not be affected by any VA disability cutoff dates. In fact‚ the government is currently on a short term hiatus that may extend until February 15th. However‚ it is possible that the shutdown will be temporary or reversible‚ depending on how the negotiations between the White House and Congress play out.
While the government isn’t likely to announce any major new programs‚ there are still a few things that Veterans can do to make the most of the government shutdown. The most obvious of these is to simply resume a regular schedule of payment of VA disability checks. In order to do this‚ veterans must provide a written notification to their VA benefits counselor. In addition‚ they should keep their service medical records up to date.
While the government isn’t open‚ Veterans can still enjoy a number of perks‚ including free health care‚ free legal services‚ and discounted mortgages and other home improvements. In addition‚ there are numerous housing and housing-related benefits available to veterans with disabilities‚ including Adapted Housing grants and Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (SDVI).
VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational
During a government shutdown‚ VA medical facilities and clinics will continue to operate and provide extended care. However‚ social media and other VA programs will not be available‚ and phone numbers will not be answered.
According to VA Secretary Denis McDonough‚ the government shutdown will affect a number of services‚ including disability claims‚ the Board of Veterans Appeals‚ military treatment facilities‚ and compensation and pension claims processing. During a shutdown‚ burials at national cemeteries will continue on a reduced schedule. However‚ families of soldiers killed in action will not receive military-funded travel to the funeral. This will result in delays and long wait times.
The VA is working to overhaul its health care network to ensure that veterans receive the best care possible. It has held listening sessions and has received feedback from veterans and local stakeholders. The VA will seek legislative assistance to help it recruit more non-citizens and have more flexibility in its recruitment process.
Adjustments to VA disability rating
During the government shutdown‚ the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to provide disability compensation to injured Veterans. However‚ there are certain situations where the VA may reduce or eliminate some benefits. There are a few steps that you can take to ensure that you are not slugged with a reduced or eliminated disability rating.
The first thing that you should do is ask yourself whether or not you qualify for any of the VA disability compensation programs. The best way to find out is to talk to your VA representative. If you are a service member‚ you may be eligible for reemployment benefits after you have recovered from your injury. In addition‚ your employer may be required to make reasonable accommodations for your disability.
In addition to a monetary benefit‚ the VA also offers education benefits. In addition‚ you can receive a housing grant to buy or modify a home. You can also apply for a special monthly compensation for severe disabilities.
Social Security disability and SSI hearings were held if the government shut down
SSI is a lifeline program that helps disabled and blind people under the age of 65‚ as well as their families. The program was established as a part of the Social Security Act in 1970. In the final two weeks of the 91st Congress‚ debates were held on the Social Security Amendments Act. In addition to providing a 15 percent increase in social security benefits‚ the bill removed the $105 limitation on a spouse’s insurance benefits. The legislation also eliminated the revised contribution schedule for hospital insurance. It also raised the income limit for combined workmen’s compensation and social security disability benefits from 80 percent to 100 percent of the worker’s average earnings.
The Committee on Ways and Means‚ which had been given the responsibility of implementing the new Social Security bill‚ added several major provisions to the legislation. It also reduced the waiting period for disability benefits from six months to five months‚ added a special minimum benefit for long-term workers‚ and increased benefits for delayed retirement. It also eliminated the $105 limitation on a spouse’s disability insurance benefits and increased the amount of income allocated to the disability insurance trust fund. In addition‚ it computed benefits for married couples based on their combined earnings.