7,000 VA Employees Furloughed Tuesday

Seven thousand VA workers will be furloughed on Tuesday and access to all regional offices will be suspended.

Credit: AP

The government shutdown has had an adverse affect in many areas, not least to those who have served in the military.

Veterans will not have access to regional Veteran Affairs offices as of Tuesday. Seven thousand VA workers were furloughed Tuesday morning, with another 2,750 technology workers furloughed the day before.

The shutdown has also halted the progress the VA was making in reducing a backlog of disability and pensions claims.

The department said Monday that the backlog stood at about 418,500 at the end of September. It has increased by slightly more than 200 since the shutdown, largely because the VA stopped requiring disability claims processors to work overtime.

The backlog had been dropping by more than 2,000 claims a day in the week leading up to the shutdown.

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