DEVELOPING: VA Benefits out of Money by COB Today

Down Low

Washington, D.C. – Just in. Oct 7, 2013: 2:00 pm.

Persons close to the matter have reported that VA is out of money for benefits by close of business today. What exactly this means remains a debate. The House Committee on Veterans Affairs has scheduled a hearing, on October 9, 2013, to clarify how veterans benefits are impacted by the shutdown.

The VA Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs is the alleged source of the budgetary information from informal communications earlier today, and the story is developing as more information comes out. A change has been evidenced across the web today, however, as VA began to shut down its public communications services relating to veterans benefits. Veterans health care should remain unchanged.

According to reports on Capitol Hill, VA has stated informally that retroactive disability pay has fully drained VA’s supply for money as of today. Given the size of the backlog over the past years, its retroactive payments were likely larger now than the historical average. As a result, VA was unable to properly anticipate its budgetary shortfall so quickly into the shutdown.

If the reports are accurate, it means veterans who are collecting benefits from VA will stop receiving payments shortly. Veterans anticipating awards for disability pay, pension and educational stipends should plan on finding alternative sources for the money.

In a phone call, Mr. Armstrong, VA’s Congressional Liaison, claimed to be unaware that VA made such a statement publicly. Instead of providing information, he referred me to the website for more information. However, since VA’s Public Affairs group is furloughed, nothing on the website will likely be updated during the shutdown.

For those who remember, VA claimed its reserves would last through most of this month. According to the reports, VA made it seven days.

Please check back as the matter develops. With any luck, VA misplaced a zero and will clarify the matter to Congress on Wednesday.

House Committee Hearing – October 9, 2013 @ 10:30 am:


Effect of Government Shutdown on VA Benefits and Services to Veterans

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs¬†| 334 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Oct 9, 2013 10:30am



VR-Cover-3Benjamin Krause is a lawyer, investigative reporter and award-winning veterans advocate. He is author of the guide Voc Rehab Survival Guide for Veterans and writes every weekday on That guide has helped veterans receive millions in retraining and small business support by teaching them how to easily blasting through bureaucratic roadblocks to get their benefits. He received his Bachelors from Northwestern University and Law Degree from the University of Minnesota, both using VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment. He went on to receive funding to support his law firm that focuses solely on representing veterans against the VA. (The irony is not lost on him.)

He is also featured regularly in national publications as an authority on Department of Veterans Affairs policy such as Bloomberg News, Foreign Policy Magazine, Washington Times, Fox News, CBS, NBC, Star Tribune and more.



  1. John Smith says

    All Obama and Reid have to do is vote for the House bill that funds the VA, and we all can get our disability checks next month.

    Just found this, btw.

    Obama’s VA officials spent $562,000 on artwork just days before the government shutdown. That money could have paid for one month a total of 693 veterans with a 50% rating.

    Infuriating, huh?

    • says

      The power that be are telling us that our sacrifices do not matter. Meanwhile, I our economy tanks so that all blue collar kids have no choice but to “voluntarily” enlist.

      • John Smith says

        Ben, I agree with you that our sacrifices must be honored – RIGHT NOW! And you are doing a great job getting the information out to us veterans. Thank you!

        Have you thought about a prominently displayed page on your home page that directs veterans to relief agencies, mental health options, or information to handle the shutdown? I know you did a smaller section about this, but since it seems like us veterans are now screwed big time, they will need help fast to survive this.

        I found this information about how Sam’s Club will give free membership to military families until the shutdown ends.

  2. jenni says

    Where do they want us to pull this “alternative” money from? How can I let congress know just how many veterans lives they are ruining. I don’t have words to express the anger and frustration I have. This is how you treat you veterans? This is a sick game.

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