Lufkin VA Clinic will remain open even if government shuts down

(KTRE) As a 30 billion dollar federal budget battle wages in Washington, the people most likely to be affected by a shutdown are getting worried.

Services at the VA will also slow down or be suspended, but veteran health benefits and payments would continue.

According to a news release, The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, and its outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Lufkin, Richmond, and Texas City are open and will remain open for normal business.  For more information, visit

Medicare benefits would also continue, thanks to an emergency trust fund.

Under a shutdown military personnel would still have to work, but they likely wouldn't get paid. The IRS would stop processing paper returns which account for 30 percent of all returns filed.

Financial Expert Stan Rickner says social security checks won't stop, but there will be some hiccups. "People who are applying for social security for the first time the processing will slow down."

The post office and airports would operate. But if you're one of the 30 percent of people who depend on the Federal Housing Administration to guarantee a're out of luck. Same for someone looking for a small business loan.

National Parks would also close and passport processing would stop.

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