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State Dept. of Veterans’ Services open during federal shutdown

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 10:19 am

The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) remains open to serve Arizona’s veterans during the federal government shutdown.

"Although the federal shutdown affects some services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, ADVS remains fully operational to meet the needs of our veterans and their families," said Ted Vogt, ADVS director.

A prolonged federal government shutdown will close the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Phoenix Regional Office to the public at 5 p.m. Friday, 4 October.  However, State Veteran Benefits Counselors normally located at the VA Phoenix Regional Office will be available at the Arizona State Veteran Home-Phoenix beginning 8 a.m., Monday, 7 October to serve our veterans with their claims. All other ADVS offices throughout the State remain open as normal.

According to the federal VA, all VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational, including inpatient and outpatient care, and other special care services.  Veteran claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs will also continue through late October.

The VA says the shutdown also has an immediate impact on some services such as the closing of national VA call centers, discontinuing claims appeals and public awareness activities. 

The Arizona State Veteran Home-Phoenix is located at 4141 North S. Herrera Way, Phoenix (Third Street one block north of Indian School Road next to Steel Indian School Park).

For more information go to www.azdvs.gov or phone 602-255-3373.

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