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Veterans remain worried about impact of government shutdown

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HUNTINGTON, WV -

 

UPDATE:

President Obama signed a bill Wednesday that avoids default and ends the government shutdown after the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both voted for the measures.

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ORIGINAL:

Twenty hours per week, Corey Clark works at a graphic design shop in Huntington, WV.

Before that he served in the United States Marine Corps between 2006 and 2010, deploying to Iraq for seven months.

U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Shinseki addressed Congress last week, stressing that if the government shutdown lasts until Nov. 1, payment and claims processing could be delayed for almost 6 million Americans when funding expires.

During the government shutdown, VA medical centers, clinics and other health services have remained opened, according to the Dept. of Veteran Affairs.

West Virginia is home to more than 170,000 veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the highest number of veterans per capita in the country.

Even though news outlets report Congress is ready to vote on a deal that would raise the debt ceiling and re-open the government, some veterans remain worried.

"It never occurred to me that I needed to be worried about it because like I said before, your entire career, whenever you're signing up, people say these are the benefits you will get," Clark said.

Clark, of South Point, OH, receives almost $3,000 per month, claiming the money is essential to his income. He said he needs to make house payments and pay hormone therapy treatment not covered by the Huntington VA Medical Center.

"I see veterans as kids," Clark said. "If you can't afford them and if you can't take care of them, then stop making them."